Obituary: Dr Alec Smith

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Dr Alec Smith on 15th August, 2014.

Born 19th January, 1927, Alec was a graduate of Birmingham University (BSc. Zoology and Comparative Physiology, First Class Honours (1948) and D.Sc. (1965)) and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (Ph.D. Tropical Medicine 1950). He joined the Colonial Medical Research Service and worked as a medical entomologist in Tanganyika (1950-1973). This included 13 years in Arusha at the Tropical Pesticides Research Institute, being appointed director in 1967.

Insect ManIn 1973 Alec joined the World Health Organisation and, after leaving Arusha, worked on malaria control projects in South Africa (1973-1976) and West Africa (1973-1980). He was then assigned to Geneva headquarters, where he remained until 1986 when he retired.

In 1982, he was awarded the Ademola Medal, jointly with Dr Robert Kaiser, by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine for “Outstanding Achievements in Health in the Tropics”.

In 1993, Alec published his memoirs entitled “Insect man – A Fight against Malaria in Africa”.

Alec enjoyed a happy 28 years retirement in Bexhill-On-Sea, Sussex. He is greatly missed by Irene, his wife of 60 years, his daughters Linda and Diana and his grandchildren, Allison, Elizabeth and Claire.

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