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Megaw, Sir John Wallace Dick (1874-1958)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0120 MSS.3521-3523
Held at: Wellcome Library
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Full title: Megaw, Sir John Wallace Dick (1874-1958)
Date(s): 1922-c.1925
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 4 volumes.
Name of creator(s): Megaw | Sir | John Wallace Dick | 1874-1958 | Knight | physician and tropical medicine specialist
Detailed catalogue: Click here to view repository detailed catalogue


Administrative/Biographical history:

John Wallace Dick Megaw was born in 1874 and qualified at the Royal University of Ireland in 1899. In 1900 he joined the Indian Medical Service. By 1914 he was professor of pathology and principal of Lucknow College and in 1921 became the first Director of the Calcutta School of Tropical Medicine; in 1930 he became Director-General of the Indian Medical Service. He retired in 1939 and died in 1958.


Scope and content/abstract:

The collection centres on tropical medicine. MSS.3521-3522 consist of general notes on tropical medicine and on museums of tropical medicine; MS.3523 consists of an interleaved copy of Megaw's The first laws of health, considerably expanded.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

The material is held in chronological order of composition, so far as that can be established.

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.

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:

Described in: S.A.J. Moorat, Catalogue of Western Manuscripts on Medicine and Science in the Wellcome Historical Medical Library (London: Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, 1962-1973). Detailed catalogue available at

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Presented by Lady Megaw, November 1958 (accession numbers 305164-305166).

Allied Materials

Related material:

National Register of Archives: Click here to view NRA record

Publication note:

MS.3523 may be the basis of the standard work Tropical medicine by Megaw and Sir Leonard Rogers (1868-1962) (London: J. & A. Churchill, 1930).

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
description compiled by Christopher Hilton based upon those in the Library's published finding aid by S.A.J. Moorat.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
December 2000.

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