Prof. Chris Curtis

15 May 2008
Africa Fighting Malaria
It is with great sadness that we report the death on May 14 2008 of Professor Chris Curtis of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Prof. Curtis was a medical entomologist and a great malaria scientist whose field and laboratory research advanced malaria control greatly.

Prof Curtis was a kind and gentle man whose quiet manner concealed a razor sharp mind.  Through his numerous peer reviewed publications and many presentations he improved the science of malaria control, thereby saving countless numbers of lives.  Prof. Curtis should be recognized as the public health hero he was.

AFM first worked with Prof. Curtis in 2000 during the negotiations of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants.  His robust and compelling defence of DDT at this time helped to secure its exemption for use in public health where it continues to save lives every day. 

Prof. Curtis will be missed, but he leaves an impressive legacy that will live on.  Our condolences to his colleagues and family.