Thomas Henry FlewettBMJ 2007; 334 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39167.721898.FA (Published 05 April 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:753
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Thomas Henry Flewett was born on 29 June 1922 in India, where his father was a member of the Indian Civil Service. He attended Campbell College, Belfast, followed by medical education at Queen's University, Belfast, where he graduated with honours in 1945. He was a founder member (and subsequently fellow) of the Royal College of Pathologists and was elected (by distinction) a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London in 1978.
Diarrhoeal diseases, principally caused by viruses, are among the commoner causes of death in infants in tropical countries. Tom Flewett, who died on 12 December 2006, was the first to name one of the most frequent causes, rotaviruses, during the course of his seminal research into the causes of gastroenteritis.
In 1956 Tom was appointed consultant virologist to East Birmingham Hospital, where he established, and became director of, one of the first regional virus laboratories in England, serving a population of more than five …