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Macdonald, Professor George

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0120 PP/MAC
Held at: Wellcome Library
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Full title: Macdonald, Professor George
Date(s): 1938-1977
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 14 boxes
Name of creator(s): Macdonald | George | 1903-1967 | malariologist
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Administrative/Biographical history:

George Macdonald CMG, MD, FRCP, Ch.B, DPH, DTM (1903-1967) was a Professor of Tropical Hygiene, 1946-1967, and Director of the Ross Institute, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, 1945-1967. He was an eminent malariologist who is particularly noted for his work on mathematical modelling of the epidemiology of malaria and other vector-borne diseases, in particular schistosomiasis. He was relatively early in perceiving the value of computer analysis in this area.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of George Macdonald dealing predominantly with the later stages of his career, 1938-1977, although there is some material relating to his pre-war activities. They reflect his work as an international figure in the prevention and control of malaria, his involvement with numerous governmental and non-governmental bodies, his relationship with colleagues, his numerous tours on professional business, and his research and writing.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

A. Correspondence (mainly individuals)
B. Institutions and organisations
C. Travel
D. Water Purification

E. Research
1 Malaria
2 Schistosomiasis
3 General
4 Papers by others

F. Writings
- 1 Lectures, reports, and drafts
- 2 Health of Labourers in Tropical Medicine
- 2 Course notes
- 3 Radio broadcasts
- 4 Published papers

Conditions governing access:

The papers are available subject to the usual conditions of access to Archives and Manuscripts material, after the completion of a Reader's Undertaking, apart from certain files closed under Data Protection.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Photocopies/photographs/microfilm are supplied for private research only at the Archivist's discretion. Please note that material may be unsuitable for copying on conservation grounds, and that photographs cannot be photocopied in any circumstances. Readers are restricted to 100 photocopies in twelve months. Researchers who wish to publish material must seek copyright permission from the copyright owner.

Finding aids:

Archival Information

Archival history:

These box files were found in the Department of Epidemiology and Population Sciences of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, via the Ross Institute.

Immediate source of acquisition:

This collection was transferred on permanent loan to the Contemporary Medical Archives Centre, Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, by Professor David Bradley of the Tropical Health Epidemiology Unit of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in April 1995.

Allied Materials

Related material:

There is material in the archives at the London School of Hygiene and Medicine, 1937-1945, mainly diaries relating to Macdonald's wartime activities, and some photographs. The records of the Ross Institute, including those for the period when Macdonald was director, are also among the archives at LSHTM.

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Copied from the Wellcome Library catalogue by Sarah Drewery.

Rules or conventions:
In compliance with ISAD (G): General International Standard Archival Description - 2nd Edition (1999); UNESCO Thesaurus, December 2001; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Jan 2009

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