Harvey Pirie

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James Hunter Harvey Pirie (born December 10, 1878 in Foveran , Aberdeenshire , † September 27, 1965 in Johannesburg , South Africa ) was a British doctor and bacteriologist . He was also a respected orchid breeder and philatelist . The Pirie Peninsula is named after him. 1940 Piries proposal from the pathogen was listeriosis after the British scientist Joseph Lister, 1st Baron Lister in Listeria monocytogenes renamed.


Pirie graduated from the University of Glasgow and earned a bachelor's degree in medicine and chemistry in 1902. 1902 to 1904 he took part as a doctor and geologist in the Scottish National Antarctic Expedition (1902-1904) under William Speirs Bruce . He then continued his postgraduate training at the University of Edinburgh and received his doctorate in medicine in 1907 with a paper on the cells of the gray matter of the spinal cord ( On the smaller polygonal cells of the gray matter of the spinal cord ). In 1908 he was elected to the Royal Society of Edinburgh . After initially working in his own practice, he went to Kenya for the Colonial Service in 1913 and was division manager at the South African Institute for Medical Research in Johannesburg from 1926 to 1941 .


  • John Stewart: Antarctica - An Encyclopedia . Vol. 2, McFarland & Co., Jefferson and London 2011, ISBN 978-0-7864-3590-6 , p. 1221 (English)

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  1. ^ Ralph E. Bernstein: Dr Harvey Pirie and the Scottish National Antarctic Expedition (1902-4). Scottish science and medicine in the Falklands and Antarctica. In: Scottish medical journal. Volume 28, Number 1, January 1983, pp. 75-79, doi : 10.1177 / 003693308302800117 , PMID 6340196 .