Christopher Howard Andrewes
|Born||7 June 1896|
|Died||31 December 1988(aged 92)|
|Institutions||National Institute for Medical Research|
|Alma mater||St Bartholomew's Hospital|
He served in the Royal Navy as a surgeon during World War One. In 1927 he joined the scientific staff of the National Institute for Medical Research to assist Patrick Laidlaw in developing a vaccine against canine distemper. This led on to research on influenza and the discovery of the causative virus in 1933 and subsequent vaccine development. He was head of NIMR's Division of Bacteriology and Virus Research from 1939 to 1961, during which time he established the Common Cold Research Unit near Salisbury as an NIMR outpost in 1947, and the World Influenza Centre at Mill Hill in 1948, which spawned a worldwide network of collaborating centres. Andrewes was Deputy Director of NIMR from 1952–61 and retired in 1967.
Awards and honours
- 1939 Elected a Fellow of the Royal Society and was on the council from 1945-47.
- 1961 In the New Year Honours 1961 he was appointed a Knight Bachelor.
- 1965 Marjory Stephenson Prize from the Society for General Microbiology
Andrewes married Kathleen Lamb in 1927 and had three sons, two of whom became general practitioners.
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