110px|Brigadier Neil Hamilton Fairley
Neil Hamilton Fairley (1891–1966) was an Australian physician and
soldier who was instrumental in saving thousands of Allied lives from
malaria and other diseases. A graduate of the University of Melbourne,
Fairley joined the Australian Army Medical Corps in 1915. In the
inter-war period he became renowned as an expert on tropical medicine.
Fairley returned to the Australian Army during the Second World War as
Director of Medicine. He played an important role in the planning for
the Battle of Greece, convincing the British Commander-in-Chief,
General Sir Archibald Wavell, to alter his campaign plan to reduce the
danger from malaria. In South West Pacific Area, Fairley became
responsible for coordinating the activities of all allied forces in the
fight against malaria and other tropical diseases. After the war
Fairley returned to London where he became a Consulting Physician to
the Hospital for Tropical Diseases and Wellcome Professor of Tropical
Medicine at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. A
serious illness in 1948 forced him to resign his professorship, but he
retained his practice and membership of numerous committees, becoming
an "elder statesman" of tropical medicine. (more...)
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