Robert Thomson Leiper

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Robert Leiper
Born Robert Thomson Leiper
(1881-04-17)17 April 1881
Died 21 May 1969(1969-05-21) (aged 88)
Nationality British
Fields helminthology
Notable awards FRS CMG
Spouse Ceinwen Saron
Children one son and two daughters

Robert Thomson Leiper (17 April 1881 – 21 May 1969) FRS CMG was a British parasitologist and helminthologist.

Early life and education[edit]

He was born on 17 April 1881 in Witch Road, Kilmarnock, Scotland, the eldest of three children of John Leiper (d. 1895), tailor, and his wife, Jessie Aird.[1]

After his family moved to England, he was educated at Warwick School, and he spent a year at Mason Science College, Birmingham, before entering the University of Glasgow medical school, graduating in 1904.

Career[edit]

From an early age he was devoted to helminthology (the study of parasitic worms).

Selected publications[edit]

In 1923, he founded the Journal of Helminthology.

Awards and honours[edit]

He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society on 3 May 1923. He was appointed FRCP in 1936, CMG in 1941, and received an LLD degree from Glasgow University in 1955.

Personal life[edit]

In 1908, Leiper married Ceinwen Saron (d. 1966), a dentist; they had one son and two daughters.

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