Lives of the fellows

David Harry Smith

b.10 April 1936 d.30 May 2000
MRCS LRCP(1960) MB BS Lond(1960) DTM&H(1965) MRCP(1971) FRCP(1983)

David Harry Smith was head of the division of tropical medicine at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, and an acknowledged expert on arboviruses, malaria, visceral leishmaniasis, and African trypanosomiasis.

He was born in London, where his father was a manager at an insurance company. He was educated at Ilford County Grammar School and then studied medicine at King's College, London.

After house officer posts, he was appointed as a registrar at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in London. In 1967 he was made a lecturer in tropical hygiene, at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, where he stayed until his death.

From 1972 to 1975 he was project leader of the MRC Kisumu Project. He later served as a medical adviser for the Overseas Development Administration, advising the Kenyan government. He was vice president of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine.

At the time of his election to the Fellowship of the College he listed sailing as his main sporting interest. He married Margaret Clare Smith in 1967 and they had two children. He died from lung cancer.

RCP editor

[Brit.med.J., 2000,321,708]

(Volume XI, page 530)

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