Lives of the fellows

Alfredo Antunes Kanthack

b.4 March 1863 d.21 December 1898
BA Lond(1884) BSc(1886) MA MD MA Cantab FRCS(1888) FRCP(1897)

A. A. Kanthack was born at Bahia, in Brazil, the second son of Emilie Kanthack, British consul at Para, Brazil. His schooldays were spent mainly in Germany, at Hamburg and elsewhere. He arrived in England in 1881 and, after a few months at Liverpool College, became a student at University College, Liverpool. Having graduated as B.A. in 1884 and B.Sc. in 1886, he started his medical training there and completed it at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital, qualifying in 1887 and proceeding to the F.R.C.S. a year later. He then obtained junior posts at the Royal London Ophthalmic Hospital and the Central London Throat Hospital. In 1889 he began a year’s valuable research in Berlin under Virchow, Koch and Krause, returning to act as an obstetric resident at St. Bartholomew’s. From there he went out to India as one of the commissioners appointed to investigate the problems of leprosy. His next place of residence was St. John’s College, Cambridge, where, as John Lucas Walker student of 1891, he published several papers on immunity. A year later he moved to Liverpool to fill junior appointments at the Royal Infirmary and University College. In 1893 he accepted the offer of the directorship of the pathological department, and with it the lectureships on pathology and bacteriology, at St. Bartholomew’s. There he remained till his appointment to the chair of pathology at Cambridge in 1897. He published a Manual of Practical Morbid Anatomy in 1894, and a Handbook of Practical Bacteriology in 1895. His death at Cambridge in 1898 ended a career of unusual promise. Not only his ability in the laboratory and lecture-room, but his prowess as a footballer and his interest in all forms of sport gave him great influence with students. His wife, whom he married in 1895, was Lucie, daughter of F. Henstock of Liverpool.

G H Brown

[Lancet, 1898; B.M.J., 1898; Plarr, i, 641]

(Volume IV, page 395)

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