Robert Thomson Leiper

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Robert Leiper
Robert Thomson Leiper 1960.jpg
Robert Thomson Leiper in 1960
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, (which later became the University of Birmingham), before entering the University of Glasgow medical school, graduating in 1904.


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.


  1. ^ Robert Leiper.