Lives of the fellows

Tranakchit Harinasuta

b.6 May 1918 d.24 April 1999
MD Bangkok(1944) DTM&H Liverpool(1953) Hon MRCP(1983) Hon FRCP(1987)

Tranakchit Harinasuta was an eminent specialist in tropical medicine. She was born in Bangkok, Thailand, the eldest daughter of Phya Phadung Wittayaserm, a director of education, and Khunying Rian. She attended Watana Witaya Academy and then went on to study medicine at the University of Medical Sciences in Bangkok and at Siriraji Hospital. From 1945 to 1946 she was a house physician and then senior house physician at Siriraji Hospital. She was then an instructor in the faculty of medicine. In 1951 she became a lecturer in the faculty of medicine at Chulalongkorn University, a post she held until 1960. In 1953 she went to the UK to study for her diploma in tropical medicine and hygiene at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.

After returning to Thailand, she helped Chamlong Harinasuta to establish the faculty of tropical medicine within the University of Medical Sciences (which later became Mahidol University). She went on to head the department of clinical tropical medicine, and between 1961 and 1979 was director of the Hospital for Tropical Diseases.

She wrote more than 200 papers in Thai and English, as well as chapters and books on tropical diseases. She was editor-in-chief of the Southeast Asian Journal of Tropical Medicine and Public Health from 1971 to 1999 and president of the Thai Medical Women’s Association from 1970 to 1976. She was a member of the WHO Expert Committee on Malaria from 1975 to 1999.

She married Chamlong Harinasuta in 1948 and they had one son, Jit-Jamlong. At the time of her election to the Fellowship of the College she listed cooking, gardening, landscaping and flower arranging among her interests.

RCP editor

[ACTM Bulletin March 2001, p.7]

(Volume XI, page 245)

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