The medical metrist: Ronald Ross
in A sonnet to science
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This chapter presents an overview of the life and scientific accomplishments of Ronald Ross, recipient of the 1902 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his work in discovering the link between malaria and mosquitoes. In addition to his work as a physician and medical researcher, Ross was also a vivacious writer; many of his scientific achievements are captured in poetic verse, and from his writings it is clear that he viewed science and poetry as two sides of the same coin, and that for him one could simply not exist without the other. This chapter also investigates the controversies that accompanied Ross’s work on malaria, and demonstrates how some of his poetry highlights his reluctance to fully acknowledge the work and influence of others.

A sonnet to science

Scientists and their poetry


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