Alexander Haddow Zika Collection

Alexander J Haddow at his desk in Uganda [GB 248 DC 068/5/4/5]You can now search the catalogue of the Papers of Alexander John Haddow (1912-1978) here

Alexander John Haddow (1912-1978) was a graduate of the University of Glasgow and a Professor of Administrative Medicine from 1971 to 1978. He was also Administrative Dean of the Faculty of Medicine from 1970 to 1971.

Professor Haddow worked as an entomologist at the Uganda Virus Research Institute, then known as the Yellow Fever Research Institute, becoming Director from 1953-1965, and was awarded a CMG for his work there in 1959.  Haddow was a key member of the investigative team who originally discovered the Zika virus and a collection of his original research documents, including the first known identification of the Zika virus in mosquitoes in 1948, is held by Archives and Special Collections. 

Thanks to a Wellcome Trust Research Resources Award‌‌ in 2017 the collection has been recatalogued and repackaged

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