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SHUTE, Percy George (1894-1977)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0809 Shute
Held at: London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
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Full title: SHUTE, Percy George (1894-1977)
Date(s): 1940s
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1 box
Name of creator(s): Shute | Percy George | 1894-1977 | malariologist


Administrative/Biographical history:

Percy George Shute was born 1894. He joined the 10th Devon regiment, 1914, which led to his first experience of tropical diseases, as he contracted dysentery and was invalided to England in 1917. He worked at a pathology laboratory under the malariologist, Sir Ronald Ross whilst convalescing, who taught him how to stain malaria parasites and dissect mosquitoes. Shute was later employed in the eradication from Britain's civilian population of malaria; went to Vienna, where he learned the techniques of malaria treatment for general paralysis of the insane from Professor Julius Wagner-Jauregg, 1922 and was later involved in the establishment of the Mott Clinic (Malaria Reference Library), at Horton Hospital in Essex, 1925, where he worked until retirement, becoming an authority on malaria and the British mosquito.

Shute became the Assistant Director of the Malaria Reference Library, 1944-1973 and spent some time working within the Department of Entomology at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, 1950s. Shute died 26th January 1977.

Publications include: Laboratory technique for the study of malaria by Percy G. Shute and Majorie E. Maryon (J. & A. Churchill, London, 1960).


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Percy George Shute, 1940s, mostly relate to studies of malaria written by Shute and other research material relating to his work on the disease in the 1940s and comprise lectures and papers, 1944-1949; reports 1947-1948; unpublished manuscripts [1942] and fact cards on malaria, [1940s].

Access & Use

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System of arrangement:

Arranged as in Scope and Content above.

Conditions governing access:

This collection is open for consultation. Please contact the Archivist to arrange an appointment. All researchers must complete and sign a user registration form which signifies their agreement to abide by the archive rules. All researchers are required to provide proof of identity bearing your signature (for example, a passport or debit card) when registering. Please see website for further information at

Conditions governing reproduction:

Photocopies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Archivist.

Finding aids:

No additional finding aids.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Transferred to London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Allied Materials

Related material:

The Wellcome Library holds papers and correspondence of Percy George Shute (WTI/PGS).

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Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Sources: Obituary in the British Medical Journal, 26 Feb 1977; Prevention and Cure: The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine A 20th Century Quest for Global Public Health Lise Wilkinson and Anne Hardy (Kegan Paul, London, 2001) and Oxford OLIS catalogue.
Compiled by Richard Meunier and Samantha Velumyl, AIM25 cataloguer.

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:
February 2008

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