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WILSON, Sir Graham Selby (1895-1987)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0809 Wilson
Held at: London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
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Full title: WILSON, Sir Graham Selby (1895-1987)
Date(s): 1922-1931
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1 box
Name of creator(s): Wilson | Sir | Graham Selby | 1895-1987 | Knight | medical bacteriologist


Administrative/Biographical history:

Sir Graham Selby Wilson was born on 10 September 1895 in Newcastle upon Tyne and educated at various schools, including Mill Hill School and Epsom College, and entered King's College London, 1912. During World War One he joined the clinical school at Charing Cross Hospital, where he qualified MRCS, LRCP in 1916; later joining the Royal Army Medical Corps serving as a captain and specialist in bacteriology, until 1920. He then joined the department headed by William Whiteman Carlton Topley (1886-1944), at Charing Cross Hospital and moved to the University of Manchester in 1923.

Wilson became reader in bacteriology at the University of London, 1927 and was appointed Professor of Bacteriology as Applied to Hygiene at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, 1930. Prior to World War Two, Wilson assisted Topley in creating plans for an emergency bacteriological service, to be mobilized in the event of war to control expected epidemics of infectious disease. Wilson assisted in the development of the Emergency Public Health Laboratory Service (EPHLS) and was appointed its director, 1941-1963.

Among his achievements Wilson was elected a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, 1930; fellow of the Royal Society in 1978; knighted, 1962, and received an honorary LLD from Glasgow University, 1962. He died on 5 April 1987 in the Westminster Hospital, London.

Publications include: The bacteriological grading of milk By G S Wilson and others (H M Stationery Office, London, 1935) and The hazards of immunization: based on University of London Heath Clark lectures, 1966, delivered at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (Athlone P, London, 1967).


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Sir Graham Selby Wilson, 1922-1931, comprise a collection of reprints used to aid Wilson's research. These reprints are mostly from the Journal of Experimental Medicine and include 'Epidemiological studies on respiratory infections of the rabbit VIII Carriers of bacterium lepiseoticum' by Leslie T Webster, reprinted from the Journal of Experimental Medicine, April 1, 1926, Vol.xliii, No.4 and 'Contribution to the manner of spread of mouse typhoid infection' by Leslie T Webster, reprinted from the Journal of Experimental Medicine, February 1, 1923, Vol.xxxvii, No 2.

Access & Use

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System of arrangement:

Chronological, as kept in original order.

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 exist

Archival Information

Archival history:

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Allied Materials

Related material:

The Wellcome Library holds correspondence and papers related to Wilson (PP/GSW).

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Sources: Oxford Dictionary of National Biography online; 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, Assistant Archivist, LSHTM 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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