John George Adami

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John George Adami (ä-dä' mee), FRS, FRSE, CBE, LL.D. (12 January 1862 – 29 August 1926) was a British pathologist.


He was the son of the late John George Adami, hotel proprietor of Ashton-upon-Mersey, and Sarah Ann Ellis Leech.

He was educated at Manchester Grammar School, Owens College, Manchester and Christ's College, Cambridge,[1] studying afterwards in Breslau and Paris. He took distinguished honours at Cambridge in natural science, was Darwin prizeman in 1885, M.R.C.S., and was appointed demonstrator of physiology at Cambridge University in 1887.

In 1888, he exposed himself to rabies, and published an account of his treatment at the Pasteur Institute's vaccination clinic. [2] Elected fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge in 1891, he soon afterwards became head of the pathological department of the Royal Victoria Hospital. [3] From 1892, he was professor of pathology in McGill University, Canada. [4]

During World War I he was the Assistant Director of Medical Services to the Canadian Army. He inspected Canadian hospitals in France and his wartime diary is held at the Welcome Library.[5] From 1919, he was Vice-Chancellor of University of Liverpool.[6]

He was the author of numerous monographs upon subjects relating to pathology in French, German, English and American medical journals, and of many papers read before medical societies. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1898 and a Fellow of the Royal Society on 11 May 1905.

He married Mary Stuart Cantlie in 1894 in Montreal. They had three children, of whom 2 survived. Widowed in 1916, he married in 1922 in Liverpool Marie Wilkinson, who outlived him. He died in Liverpool in 1926.

The Adami Lectureship in Pathology is given by University of Liverpool.[7]


  • Inflammation, 1909
  • Principles of Pathology, with Albert George Nicholls, Lea & Febiger, 1908 [8]

Honours and awards[edit]


  1. ^ "Adami, John George (ADMY880JG)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
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  3. ^ Montreal, 1535-1914, William Henry Atherton, S. J. Clarke, 1914
  4. ^ The Canadian who's who, Volume 1, University of Toronto Press, 1910
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  6. ^ "Address of the President", November 30, 1926, Ernest Rutherford, Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series A, Vol. 113, No. 765 (Jan. 1, 1927), pp. 481-495
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  8. ^ Principles of Pathology

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