William MacGregor Henderson

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Sir William MacGregor Henderson FRS[1] FRSE PZS (17 July 1913 - 29 November 2000) was a Scottish veterinary expert on foot and mouth disease. He was also President of the Zoological Society of London, 1984–1989.[2]

Henderson was born in Edinburgh in 1913 and studied at the Royal (Dick) Veterinary College, the veterinary school of the University of Edinburgh. During his career at the Animal Virus Research Institute at Pirbright, which he joined in 1939, Henderson developed an improved foot and mouth vaccine and developed a method of determining the virus content in a sample of infected material, which became known as the Henderson Method. Henderson remained at Pirbright until 1956.[3]

Henderson was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1976[2] and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1977.


  1. ^ Boden, E. (2004). "Sir William Macgregor Henderson. 17 July 1913 - 29 November 2000: Elected F.R.S. 1976". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society 50: 133–146. doi:10.1098/rsbm.2004.0010. PMID 15754472.  edit
  2. ^ a b Walter Plowright (19 December 2000). "Obituary - Sir William Henderson - His researches checked the scourge of foot and mouth disease". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 May 2011. 
  3. ^ "Obituary Sir William Henderson". The Daily Telegraph. 9 December 2000. Retrieved 25 May 2011.