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Buxton, Patrick Alfred (England 1892-1955)
medical entomology

Patrick Buxton parlayed a very active early professional life into a reputation as one of his time's leading medical entomologists and parasitologists. Working in both tropical and desert environments, he became a leading expert on the connections between insect life and human diseases and medical treatment. To those outside the field his most remembered work is probably the more popularly-oriented Animal Life in Deserts, but as a medical entomologist he was most known for his studies on insect-oriented aspects of microclimatology, insecticides, fleas, lice, mosquitoes, and, most prominently, the tsetse fly.

Life Chronology

--born in London, England, on 24 March 1892.
--1913: begins his study of medicine
--1914-1915: graduates from Cambridge University
--1917: qualifies in medicine from St. George's Hospital; is commissioned in the Royal Army Medical Corps and posted to the area of present-day Iraq
--1920-1921: works under G. H. F. Nuttall at Cambridge University
--1921: takes position as entomologist in the medical department in Palestine
--1923: publishes his Animal Life in Deserts
--1923-1924: studies filariasis in the South Pacific for the London School of Tropical Medicine
--1926: made head of entomology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
--1927-1928: publishes his two-volume Researches in Polynesia and Melanesia
--1930: publishes "The Biology of a Blood-sucking Bug, Rhodnius prolixus" in the Transactions of the Entomological Society of London
--1933: expedition to northern Nigeria
--1933-1955: professor, University of London
--1939: publishes his The Louse
--during World War II travels widely to advise on insect eradication efforts
--1942-1943: president, Royal Entomological Society of London
--1943: elected to the Royal Society of London
--1945-1946: field investigations in East Africa
--1947: made CMG
--1953: receives the gold medal of the Linnean Society
--1953-1955: president, Royal Entomological Society of London
--1955: publishes his The Natural History of Tsetse Flies
--dies at Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, England, on 13 December 1955.

For Additional Information, See:

--Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Vol. 9 (2004).
--Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society, Vol. 2 (1956): 69-84.
--Parasitology, Vol. 47 (1956): 1-15.
--The British Medical Journal, No. 4955 (24 December 1955): 1565-1566.

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