Papers of: Megaw, Sir John Wallace Dick (1874-1958)

Scope and Content

The collection centres on tropical medicine. MSS.3521-3522 consist of general notes on tropical medicine and on museums of tropical medicine; MS.3523 consists of an interleaved copy of Megaw's The first laws of health , considerably expanded.

Administrative / Biographical History

John Wallace Dick Megaw was born in 1874 and qualified at the Royal University of Ireland in 1899. In 1900 he joined the Indian Medical Service. By 1914 he was professor of pathology and principal of Lucknow College and in 1921 became the first Director of the Calcutta School of Tropical Medicine; in 1930 he became Director-General of the Indian Medical Service. He retired in 1939 and died in 1958.


The material is held in chronological order of composition, so far as that can be established.

Access Information

The papers are available subject to the usual conditions of access to Archives and Manuscripts material, after the completion of a Reader's Undertaking.

Acquisition Information

Presented by Lady Megaw, November 1958 (accession numbers 305164-305166).

Other Finding Aids

Described in: S.A.J. Moorat, Catalogue of Western Manuscripts on Medicine and Science in the Wellcome Historical Medical Library (London: Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, 1962-1973). Detailed catalogue available at

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

manuscript and printed material, bound.

Archivist's Note

description compiled by Christopher Hilton based upon those in the Library's published finding aid by S.A.J. Moorat.

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopies/photographs/microfilm are supplied for private research only at the Archivist's discretion. Please note that material may be unsuitable for copying on conservation grounds, and that photographs cannot be photocopied in any circumstances. Readers are restricted to 100 photocopies in twelve months. Researchers who wish to publish material must seek copyright permission from the copyright owner.


MS.3523 may be the basis of the standard work Tropical medicine by Megaw and Sir Leonard Rogers (1868-1962) (London: J. & A. Churchill, 1930).

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