George WadsworthBMJ 2011; 342 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d777 (Published 09 March 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d777
- Bert Clough
George Wadsworth was a physiologist who devoted his working life to research in the disciplines of nutrition and haematology, particularly in relation to helping populations prone to disease in Asia and Africa. Wadsworth was also an expert horticulturalist, who single handedly created an arboretum on the Isle of Man. Even in his 90s he retained an inquiring mind and often travelled from his home in the Isle of Man to the Royal Society of Medicine, of which he was the longest serving fellow to attend lectures and study in its library.
In 1974 Wadsworth joined the medical team of the River Zaire expedition led by Major John Blashford-Snell to research onchocerciasis, known as river blindness, which is caused by a parasite carried by a black fly. His task was to test the villagers’ vitamin content and blood groups. Wadsworth’s publications in academic journals were extensive and the result of his field observations in many continents. They …