Obituaries

Thomas Millar Pollock

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7431.112-e (Published 09 January 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:112

Former director epidemiological research laboratory, Central Public Health Laboratory Service, Colindale (b China 1918; q Glasgow 1942; FFCM, FRCP), died from vascular dementia on 12 August 2003.


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Tom Pollock worked for three years as the tuberculosis registrar at the Hounslow chest clinic before joining the scientific staff of the tuberculosis research unit of the Medical Research Council. Following the successful launch of the BCG vaccine Tom moved to the Wellcome Foundation, where he worked for four years on the development of passive vaccination against hepatitis A. In 1964 he joined the Central Public Health Laboratory Service in Colindale as director of the epidemiological research laboratory. After his retirement in 1983, his work on disorders attributed to vaccination became a key plank in the defence of the whooping cough vaccine. Predeceased by his wife, Molly, he leaves two children and four grandchildren.

[Steve Pollock]

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