C. Brooke Worth

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Charles Brooke Worth
BornSeptember 4, 1908
Coatesville, Pennsylvania
DiedDecember 22, 1984[1]
Notable work
Manual of Tropical Medicine (textbook)

Charles Brooke Worth (September 4, 1908 – December 22, 1984) was an American naturalist and virologist who worked as a professor at Swarthmore College, with the US Army during World War II, and then with the Rockefeller Foundation during the post-war period working on matters of public health and mosquito-borne diseases. He travelled around the world, including countries in Africa and Asia, and was the author of several books, including Manual of Tropical Medicine, A Naturalist in Trinidad, The Nature of Living Things, and Mosquito Safari: A Naturalist In Southern Africa, Of mosquitoes, moths, and mice.

Worth studied at Swarthmore College and then received an MD from the University of Pennsylvania. While at Swarthmore he was an instructor in zoology. During WWII he was assigned to the Army Medical School and was one of the instructors of the Tropical Medicine Course and co-author of the Manual of Tropical Medicine.[2][3] He researched malaria, viral diseases, vectors, mammalian and avian reservoirs in several countries and published widely on the subject.[4][5] Worth examined the idea of transovarial transmission of viruses by mosquitoes.[6][7]

As a Field Staff Member for the Rockefeller Foundation, Dr. C. Brooke Worth went to the South African Institute of Medical Research (SAIMR) in Johannesburg in the 1950s and was able to carry out a remarkable series of field studies in South Africa and Mozambique.[8]

In 1960 he was assigned to the Trinidad lab in Port of Spain, associated with the University of the West Indies.[8] He was married to Merida Gray, who ran a bookshop in Swarthmore. After returning to the US, he settled on a 63-acre farm at Eldora, Cape May, where he conducted studies on the insects and birds and published about them in his Of Mosquitoes, Moths and Mice (1972). The farm was subsequently made a nature reserve.[9]

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  1. ^ https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVRT-L6YT
  2. ^ Mackie, Hunter, Worth (1946). Manual of Tropical Medicine. Philadelphia and London: W. B. Saunders company. p. 727.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  3. ^ Ridgely, Robert S. (1986). "C. Brooke Worth" (PDF). Cassinia. 61: 113–114.
  4. ^ Worth, C.B. (1953). "Notes on the Anopheline Fauna of a Hill Tract in Mysore State, India". Indian Journal of Malariology. 7 (2): 125–82. PMID 13117530.
  5. ^ Worth, C. Brooke (1950). "Observations on Ectoparasites of Some Small Mammals in Everglades National Park and Hillsborough County, Florida". The Journal of Parasitology. 36 (4): 326–35. doi:10.2307/3273467. JSTOR 3273467. PMID 15437232.
  6. ^ Downs, Wilbur G. (1981). "The Rockefeller Foundation virus program: 1951-1971 with update to 1981". Annu. Rev. Med. 33: 1–29. doi:10.1146/annurev.me.33.020182.000245.
  7. ^ "New Life Member" (PDF). Wilson. 75 (1): 22. 1963.
  8. ^ a b Johnson, Harald Norlin (1991). Virologist and naturalist with the Rockefeller Foundation and the California department of public health. University of California: Regional Oral History Office, The Bancroft Library, The Regents of the University of California.
  9. ^ Gochfeld, Michael; Burger, Joanna (1997). Butterflies of New Jersey: A Guide to Their Status, Distribution, Conservation, and Appreciation. Rutgers University Press. p. 80.