Elected: 1965
Discipline: Clinical Sciences
Professor William Fleming Hoggan Jarrett FRS FRSE
Bill Jarrett was among the most eminent experimental pathologists of his generation. His contributions to veterinary and human medicine were immense: in the course of his own research he discovered several viruses, defined the pathogenesis of important animal diseases and helped develop vaccines for their control; in addition, he had a major influenpce on research on viruses of great importance in humans. His work was carried out in Glasgow over a period of 40 years apart from interludes in Kenya in the 1960s and at the U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI) in the 1980s. He was Professor of Veterinary Pathology at the University of Glasgow from 1968 until he retired in 1990.

Bill was born in 1928 in Glasgow. His father, though a joiner and cabinetmaker, came from a farming background and moved his family shortly afterwards to an agricultural smallholding near Cumbernauld. Their early life there no doubt influenced Bill, his elder brother Tom and younger brother Oswald to study veterinary medicine. Bill graduated from Glasgow Veterinary College with honours in 1947 and then, already attracted to research, studied for a PhD, training in animal pathology at the College and in human pathology with Dan Cappell, Professor of Pathology at the Medical School. Consequently, he had a wide understanding of animal and human diseases which laid the foundation for his future research in comparative medicine.

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