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Ronald Ross

Ronald Ross

A pioneer in early microbiology

Sir Ronald Ross is a British Nobel Laureate born in India, who worked on understanding of the lifecycle of the malarial parasite Plasmodium. He made many experimental investigations in India
to test the hypothesis that mosquitoes are connected with the propagation of malaria, and deciphered the lifecycle of Plasmodium and the spread of malaria. 

Sir Ross discovered the process of malarial transmission in Mahanad village, West Bengal where he had a bungalow built with a laboratory and was assisted by a few locals. He also identified the species of mosquitoes which spread the African fever. 

Sir Ross’ research findings were used by many distinguished scientists, including Robert Koch--founder of modern bacteriology. He conducted surveys and initiated preventive measures in malaria prone areas across the globe. He also designed some mathematical models for studying the epidemiology of malarial parasites. Sir Ross was elected as a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, and the Royal Society. He received many honours and served as the Director-in-Chief of the Ross Institute and Hospital of Tropical Diseases and Hygiene.

Science is the differential calculus of the mind, art the integral calculus; they may be beautiful when apart, but are greatest only when combined.

The man who fought against the malarial parasite