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Medical hero who found und malaria cure.

SIR RONALD ROSS left a Liverpool legacy to be proud of. Hew as the man behind one of the greatest medical breakthroughs of the 20thcentury - a cure for malaria.

Travellers, holiday-makers and those living in countries where malariais common acknowledge his genius and life-long dedication and commitment to never giving up on research.

The British-born physician became the first Briton to win the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1902.

Sir Ronald was awarded the Nobel Prize Laureate after identifying that mosquitoes carry malaria-one of the world's biggest killers.

He was born in Almera, Nepal, the son of an army officer and studied at St Bartholomew's hospital in London and entered the Indian Medical Service in 1881 inspired by his father.

One of Ronald Ross's early jobs was as a ship's doctor.

Friends and colleagues noted that he always had a total dedication and fixed, tireless focus on his work.

Yet apart from being a popular, visionary doctor he was also regarded as somewhat of an 'eccentric', a mathematician with a gift for poetry and writing romantic stories - a world away from the vital work he carried out in the laboratory.

His real life-enhancing and life-changing achievement lay in his research work which would see him burn the candles at both ends to reach his goal.

While investigating the belief by his contemporaries that malaria was transmitted through mosquito bites, Dr Ross discovered his true vocation to seek a cure.

By 1898 he had also worked out the life cycle of the malaria parasite for birds.

He came to England in 1899with his wife and family and lectured and became professor of tropical medicine at the Liverpool of School of Tropical Medicine.

He became Sir Ronald in 1911. From 1926 he directed the world-renowned Ross Institute in London.

His award of the Nobel Prize in 1902was the greatest accolade bestowed on this man who captured the spirit of pioneering research and the spirit of a changing Liverpool.

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Date:Dec 19, 2006
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