Shute, Percy George (1894-1977)

Scope and Content

Papers of Percy George Shute, 1940s, mostly relate to studies of malaria written by Shute and other research material relating to his work on the disease in the 1940s and comprise lectures and papers, 1944-1949; reports 1947-1948; unpublished manuscripts [1942] and fact cards on malaria, [1940s].

Administrative / Biographical History

Percy George Shute was born 1894. He joined the 10th Devon regiment, 1914, which led to his first experience of tropical diseases, as he contracted dysentery and was invalided to England in 1917. He worked at a pathology laboratory under the malariologist, Sir Ronald Ross whilst convalescing, who taught him how to stain malaria parasites and dissect mosquitoes. Shute was later employed in the eradication from Britain's civilian population of malaria; went to Vienna, where he learned the techniques of malaria treatment for general paralysis of the insane from Professor Julius Wagner-Jauregg, 1922 and was later involved in the establishment of the Mott Clinic (Malaria Reference Library), at Horton Hospital in Essex, 1925, where he worked until retirement, becoming an authority on malaria and the British mosquito.

Shute became the Assistant Director of the Malaria Reference Library, 1944-1973 and spent some time working within the Department of Entomology at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, 1950s. Shute died 26th January 1977.

Publications include: Laboratory technique for the study of malaria by Percy G. Shute and Majorie E. Maryon (J. & A. Churchill, London, 1960).


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Acquisition Information

Transferred to London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Archivist's Note

Sources: Obituary in the British Medical Journal, 26 Feb 1977; Prevention and Cure: The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine A 20th Century Quest for Global Public Health Lise Wilkinson and Anne Hardy (Kegan Paul, London, 2001) and Oxford OLIS catalogue. Compiled by Richard Meunier and Samantha Velumyl, AIM25 cataloguer.


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Related Material

The Wellcome Library holds papers and correspondence of Percy George Shute (WTI/PGS).