Bert Achong

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Bert Geoffrey Achong (born December 6, 1928 Port of Spain, Trinidad; died November 20, 1996) is a Trinidadian and Tobagonian of Chinese descent [1] is best known for co-discovering the Epstein-Barr virus through use of electron microscopy. After excelling in school in Trinidad, Achong enrolled at University College Dublin, where he received his medical degree. He performed his post graduate studes at University of Bristol and worked at Lambeth Hospital in London in Clinical Pathology, while continuing as popular lecturer at the University of Bristol.

Epstein-Barr virus[edit]

Achong's role in the discovery of Epstein-Barr virus was to prepare and examine cultured cells prepared from Burkitt's lymphoma samples by electron microscopy.[2][3]

Foamy virus[edit]

In 1971 he made another major discovery, the Human foamy virus which belongs to the retrovirus family.


  1. ^ "Our Chinese contribution to science". The Trinidad Guardian Newspaper. 2012-10-10. Retrieved 2013-02-12. 
  2. ^ Epstein, M.A; Achong, B.G; Barr, Y.M (1964). "Virus Particles in Cultured Lymphoblasts from Burkitt's Lymphoma". The Lancet 283 (7335): 702–3. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(64)91524-7. PMID 14107961. 
  3. ^ Epstein, M. A.; Henle, G; Achong, BG; Barr, YM (1965). "Morphological and Biological Studies on a Virus in Cultured Lymphoblasts from Burkitt's Lymphoma". Journal of Experimental Medicine 121 (5): 761–70. doi:10.1084/jem.121.5.761. PMC 2138004. PMID 14278230. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Bastien, Elliot: World Class Trinidad & Tobago Profiles of Performance 2006
  • "Bert Geoffrey Achong Lawrence ("Laurie") Gordon Brock Gervais Joly Dixon Ronald Vincent Harris Henry Vernon Jones Anne Carmel Marley (nee O'Hanlon) William Gordon Millar Gavin William Milroy Jean Pasmore (nee Calman) Bernard Butts Reiss Kshitindra Nath Sengupta Andrew Charles Sheldon". BMJ 314 (7074): 150. 1997. doi:10.1136/bmj.314.7074.150.