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