Papers of Alexander John Haddow, 1912-1978, epidemiologist, Professor of Administrative Medicine, University of Glasgow, Scotland, 1971-1978

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

  • Reprints of Professor Haddow's articles 1942-1977
  • Bound volumes of East African Virus Research Institution 1950-1970
  • Haddow's research notes and related papers on mosquitoes 1940-1965
  • Notes, records, and research relating to Piobairechd Society relating to piping; correspondence 1972-1978
  • Miscellaneous information on Haddow's research of yellow fever and small pox 1967-1969
  • Miscellaneous notes and articles mid-late 20th century

Administrative / Biographical History

Alexander John Haddow was born on the  27 December 1912  , son of Alexander and Margaret Blackburn Haddow. He married Margaret Ronald Scott Orr in  1946  and they had two sons.

He was educated at Hillhead School, Glasgow, Scotland before going onto study at the  University of Glasgow obtaining his BSc with First Class Honours in Zoology in  1934  . In the following session he was the Strang-Steel research scholar. In  1938,  he graduated MB ChB and then held an MRC junior research fellowship in tropical medicine for the next three years. In  1942,  he moved to Africa to become an entomologist at the Yellow Fever Research Institute, Entebbe, Uganda.

In  1945  , Haddow became a member of staff with the International Health Division of the Rockerfeller Foundation of New York, United States. He remained with the Foundation until  1949  when began work for the Overseas Research Service in Uganda. In  1950  he joined The East African Virus Research Institute as an epidemiologist becoming acting director in  1952  and director in  1953,  a post he held until  1965  . He was appointed honorary professor of Entomology, Makerere College, Kampala, Uganda, and member of the WHO expert panel on viral diseases, and trustee of the Uganda National Parks. During his years in Africa he was awarded the Chalmers Gold Medal of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene, the degrees of DSc and MD (with honours, and the Bellahouston Medal) and the Stewart Prize of the British Medical Association. In  1959  , he was awarded the CMG.

In  1965,  he returned to Britain and was appointed senior lecturer in Epidemiology at the University of Glasgow. He was also the director of the Cancer Registration Bureau for the West of Scotland, a position he held from  1966  to  1970  . In  1970,  he was appointed the Titular Professor of Tropical Medicine at Glasgow University. The following year he was appointed to the Chair of Administrative Medicine. He remained in this post until  1978  when he retired.

He was awarded the Keith Prize of the Royal Society of Endiburgh 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.

Amongst his many interests were whisky, bees and piping. He wrote many tunes for the bagpipes and well as articles concerning the history of piping.

Alexander John Haddow  died on the  26 December 1978  .

Who's Who , ( 1979  , London )

, Vol.24, No.48The College Courant ( 1972  , Glasgow )

, Vol.30, No.61The College Courant ( 1978  , Glasgow )


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Acquisition Information

Permanent loan : Professor Haddow and family : 1975-1979

Other Finding Aids

Digital file level list available in searchroom

Manual file level list available at the National Registers of Archives in Edinburgh (NRA(S)2856) and London (NRA30670)

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Custodial History

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Additional Information

This material is original

Compiled by Hannah Westall , Archive Assistant, 16 May 2000

Revised by David Powell, Hub Project Archivist, 26 March 2003

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