Cyril Garnham

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Cyril Garnham
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Born Percy Cyril Claude Garnham
(1901-01-15)15 January 1901
Died 25 December 1994(1994-12-25) (aged 93)
Nationality British
Alma mater St Bartholomew's Hospital, London
Known for Malaria
Spouse(s) Esther Long Price
Children Two sons and four daughters
Awards Manson Medal (1965)
Linnean Medal (1986)
Scientific career
Fields Malarial parasitology
Institutions London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Doctoral students Robert Stow ("Bill") Bray[1]

Percy Cyril Claude Garnham CMG FRS (15 January 1901 – 25 December 1994)[2], was a British biologist and parasitologist. On his 90th birthday, he was called the "greatest living parasitologist".[3]

Early life and education[edit]

He was born in London, the son of Percy Claude Garnham (1875–1915), and Edith née Masham (1878–1951), an accomplished violinist. In World War I, his father served as a lieutenant in the Royal Navy and died at Gallipoli in 1915. He was educated at Paradise School and St Bartholomew's Hospital, London, and graduated in medicine in 1925.[4]


Garnham created the subgenus Vinckeia of Plasmodium to accommodate the mammalian parasites other than those infecting primates, i.e. Plasmodium species infecting mammals other than primates.[citation needed]

Awards and honours[edit]

In 1965, Garnham was awarded the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene's Manson Medal, named in honour of Sir Patrick Manson. It is the RSTMH's highest honour and awarded triennially.[5]

Personal life[edit]

In 1924, he married Esther Long Price; they had two sons and four daughters.[3]


  1. ^ Ashford, R. W.; Baker, J. R. "Obituary — R. S. Bray, 1923–2008". Annals of Tropical Medicine & Parasitology. 102 (7): 657–658. doi:10.1179/136485908X337571. 
  2. ^ "GARNHAM, Percy Cyril Claude (1901–1994)". AIM25. February 2008. Retrieved 29 April 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "OBITUARIES : Professor P. C. C. Garnham". The Independent. 12 January 1995. Retrieved 29 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "Percy Cyril Claude Garnham". Royal College of Physicians of London. RCP. 2009. Retrieved 29 April 2013. 
  5. ^ "Manson Medal". Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. RSTMH. 2013. Retrieved 29 April 2013.