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Clifford Dobell in 1949

Cecil Clifford Dobell FRS[1] (22 February 1886, Birkenhead – 23 December 1949, London) was a biologist, specifically a protozoologist. He studied intestinal amoebae,[2][3][4] and algae.[5]

1910–1919: Assistant professor of protistology and cytology at the Imperial College London

1915: Involved in war work, helping the military medical staff improve prevention and treatment of ailments associated with intestinal protozoa.

"He was one of the first to demonstrate the existence and to appreciate the epidemiological significance of symptomless carriers of Entamoeba histolytica, whose number among the inhabitants of Great Britain he estimated at 10%."[6]

1918, age 32: Elected a Fellow of the Royal Society.[1] His candidature citation described him as: "Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge; Lecturer on Zoology at the Imperial College of Science and Technology. Walsingham Medallist, 1908. Rolleston Prizeman, 1908. Balfour Student, 1908–1909. Distinguished for the wide range of his researches on the Protista and for the skill he has shown in the investigations of their structure and life-histories (e.g., 'Copromonas subtilis', 'Chromidina', 'Entamoeba ranarum'). His researches have also thrown light upon the nucleus of the Bacteria, on the alleged sexual phenomena of the same group, and on the nature of the Spirochaets and Cyanophyceae. Author of numerous scientific memoirs, of which the following may be mentioned: – 'Observations on the Life-history of 'Adelea ovata', A Schn' (Proc Roy Soc, 1907); 'The Structure and Life-history of 'Copromonas subtilis' n g n sp' (ibid, 1908); 'Researches on the Intestinal Protozoa of Frogs and Toads' (ibid); 'Chromidia and the Binu-clearity Hypotheses; a Review and a Criticism' (ibid); 'Contributions to the Life-History of 'Hoemocystidium simondi', Cast and Will' (Festschr fur R Hertwig, 1910); 'Contributions to the Cytology of the Bacteria' (Quart Journ Micros Sci, 1911); Paraspirillum Vejdovskii' n g n sp, a new Bacterial Form' (ibid); 'On the Systematic Position of the Spirochaets' (Proc Roy Soc, 1912); 'Researches on the Spirochaets and Related Organisms' (Archiv für Protistenkunde, 1911)."[7]

1919: Published monograph: The Amoebae Living in Man


  1. ^ a b Hoare, C. A.; MacKinnon, D. L. (1950). "Clifford Dobell. 1886-1949". Obituary Notices of Fellows of the Royal Society. 7 (19): 35. doi:10.1098/rsbm.1950.0004.
  2. ^ MacKinnon, D. L.; Hoare, C. A. (2009). "Clifford Dobell (1886–1949) in Memoriam". Parasitology. 42 (1–2): 1–15. doi:10.1017/S0031182000084213. PMID 14929555.
  3. ^ Ball, G. H. (1950). "Clifford Dobell, F.R.S.: 1886-1949". Science. 112 (2907): 294. doi:10.1126/science.112.2907.294. PMID 14781729.
  4. ^ Van Seters, W. H. (1950). "In memoriam Dr. Clifford Dobell, F.R.S. (1886-1949)". Nederlands tijdschrift voor geneeskunde. 94 (18): 1274–1276. PMID 15429900.
  5. ^ "Dobell, C. Clifford". Index of Botanists. Harvard University Herbarium. Retrieved 10 January 2012.
  6. ^ Crossfield, P. O. (1950). "Obituary: Clifford Dobell M.A., Sc.D., F.R.S". BMJ. 1 (4645): 129. doi:10.1136/bmj.1.4645.129-b.
  7. ^ "Library and Archive catalogue". Royal Society. Retrieved "012-03-11. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  8. ^ IPNI.  Dobell.