Ronald Ross and his Monstrous Malady: 120 Years of Malaria Prevention

 19/10/2022 18:00    

 Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow / Online   

Join us and Dr Emilie Taylor-Pirie as we trace the life and works of the enigmatic Sir Ronald Ross and his contribution to medicine, society and culture.

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In 1902, an Indian-born doctor named Ronald Ross (b. 1857) became the first Briton to receive the Nobel Prize for his ground-breaking work on the transmission of malaria. His research and commitment to disease prevention were central to developing measures to combat malaria and other “tropical” diseases across the world. Join the Heritage Team and Dr Emilie Taylor-Pirie as we trace the life and works of the enigmatic Sir Ronald Ross and his contribution to medicine, society and culture. 

Kirsty Earley, our Digital Heritage and Engagement Officer, will introduce the evening beginning with an overview of Ross, his discovery, and malaria prevention and treatment. We're then delighted to welcome Dr Emilie Taylor-Pirie to the stage to tell you more about the remarkable Ronald Ross!

Ronald Ross: The Poet who Conquered Malaria - Dr Emilie Taylor-Pirie
The 10th December marks the 120th anniversary of Britain’s first Nobel prize—awarded to Scottish doctor Ronald Ross for his role in proving that mosquitoes transmit malaria. Ross held a prominent professorship with the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, was Consultant on Malaria for the War Office, and gave one of the earliest BBC radio lectures on the subject, broadcast to over a million in 1924. And yet, he was widely, if briefly, remembered as a man who—in biographer R.L. Mègroz’s words—“had begun as a poet and remained essentially a poet”. Join Dr Emilie Taylor-Pirie as she tells you the tale of The Poet Who Conquered Malaria, navigating a wealth of material from the RCPSG archives to explore the stories we tell ourselves about science and why they matter.

In-person tickets includes a drinks reception and access to our 2022 Crush Hall Exhibition, Vaccination: Finding the perfect Disease. Entry is from 6pm with the talks scheduled to begin at 6:30pm BST.

For those of you joining us online - We'll send you details of how to join in with the lecture nearer to the time. The event will be hosted via Microsoft Teams and the first talk will start at 6:30pm BST.

100% of the ticket price goes to the HOPE Foundation, the College's charitable foundation which supports health initiatives locally, nationally and internationally.

Dr Emilie Taylor-Pirie is a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow at the University of Birmingham specialising in literature and science studies, medical humanities, and the cultural history of medicine, especially in the long nineteenth century. Her Leverhulme-funded project aims to carry out the largest archival study of Sir Ronald Ross to date.




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