Correspondence with Dr Wilbur G Downs informing of the passing of Dr Kenneth Smithburn

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Research scientist Kenneth C Smithburn (1904-1973) gained a BS and MD from Indiana University in 1926 and 1928, respectively. He was a staff member of the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research in New York from 1930-1938, and joined the Yellow Fever Research Institute, at Entebbe, Uganda in 1939, becoming the Director in 1946. Smithburn co-authored with Alec Haddow several articles regarding mosquito behaviour and virus isolations. Between 1953 and 1959, Smithburn managed a research centre in Johannesburg, South Africa on Arthropod-borne viruses. The centre was jointly funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, the South African Institute for Medical Research, and the Poliomyelitis Research Foundation. He retired in 1959.