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Biography of Alec Haddow

Alexander Haddow
Alexander Haddow

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

Haddow studied Zoology at the University, graduating BSc with first class honours in 1934 and obtaining a Strang-Steel Scholarship. He graduated MB, ChB in 1938 and worked as a junior research fellow for three years before going to Africa as an entomologist at the Yellow Fever Research Institute in Entebbe, Uganda. While working in Uganda, Haddow was a key member of the investigative team who originally discovered the Zika virus, amongst several other viruses.

Haddow also graduated from the University DSc in 1957, with the thesis: Studies on the natural history of yellow fever in East Africa, with notes on other insect-borne infections and with an MD in 1961, with the thesis: Circadian rhythms in the biting diptera : a factor in the transmission of insect-borne disease. He was Director of the Institute from 1953 to 1965 and was awarded a CMG for his work there in 1959.

Haddow returned to Glasgow in 1965 as Senior Lecturer in Epidemiology and Director of the Cancer Registration Bureau for the West of Scotland. He was appointed titular Professor of Tropical Medicine in 1970, the year before his appointment to the Chair of Administrative Medicine.

He was awarded the Keith Prize of the Royal Society of Edinburgh which was followed by his election as a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1972 in recognition of his work on epidemiology of insect borne virus disease, particularly yellow fever and on burkitt lymphoma.

University of Glasgow Archives and Special Collections holds a collection of Haddow’s original research documents, including the first known identification of the Zika virus in mosquitoes in 1948. Professor Haddow donated the contents of his own personal archive, which also includes papers on yellow fever and records relating to his study of traditional Scottish Music, to the university at the end of his life.


Alec Haddow
Entomologist and Epidemiologist

Born 27 December 1912, Glasgow, Scotland.
Died 26 December 1978.
GU Degrees: BSc, 1934; MB ChB, 1938; DSc, 1957; MD, 1961;
University Link: Graduate, Professor
Occupation categories: entomologists; epidemiologists; physicians; virologists
NNAF Reference: GB/NNAF/P160714
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Record last updated: 4th Sep 2017

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Scotland Scotland
Place of Birth

Uganda Uganda, Entebbe

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  • Graduate
  • Professor


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