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Possibly Margaret Elizabeth Wilson, née Lovett, who with her husband D. Bagster Wilson investigated malaria in East Africa: to be confirmed. "Major Donald Bagster Wilson, OBE (1901–1960), … set the direction of malarial research for Amani [Tanzania] and served as a symbol, or caricature, of traditional British colonial authority long after his departure in 1959. Anonymous (1961). D. Bagster Wilson, OBE, MD, MRCP, DTM&H. British Medical Journal 1961(1): 134. Graham [Dr Graham White] notes: 'Bagster' and his wife, Dr Margaret Elizabeth Wilson (née Lovett), began investigating malaria hyperendemicity near Muheza during the 1930s. They discovered a new species of Anopheles mosquitoes in the Amani forest. Specimens sent to the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine were described and named as Anopheles lovettae and Anopheles wilsoni by taxonomist Alwen Myfanwy Evans in 1934. After Bagster's service as malariologist with the East Africa Command in Kenya and Abyssinia during World War II, the Wilsons founded the East African Malaria Unit at Muheza in 1949, then moved it up to Amani in 1951 when the East African Agriculture and Forestry Research Organisation vacated those facilities. Bagster was notoriously authoritarian with everyone, regardless of race, whereas Peggy [Margaret] was far more charming and intellectual. She was a qualified paediatrician who had worked in Nepal before marriage. After they retired from Amani, Bagster pined away and died from heart failure. Peggy Wilson then resumed her career by volunteering with the MRC lab in The Gambia, where her parasitology skills were invaluable."--Geissler, loc. cit.

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P. Wenzel Geissler (ed.), 'Remembering Africanization: annotated transcript of staff reunion, Cambridge, Darwin College, 6 August 2013', Africa, 2020, 90 (Supplement), pp. 18-19


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