|Born||7 August 1921|
|Died||10 December 2011(aged 90)|
He was born in Northampton, the son of bookmaker Harry Smith, was educated at Northampton Grammar School and earned a degree in pharmacy at University College Nottingham in 1942. For the rest of the war he worked at Boots in Nottingham on the manufacture of pharmaceuticals, and was awarded a BSc in Chemistry by the University of London.
In 1945, he was appointed assistant professor at University College, where he was awarded a PhD in biochemistry for the successful conclusion of a research project. In 1947 he became a researcher at the Microbiological Research Establishment at Porton Down. There he carried out research on the mechanisms of anthrax infection using live animals and its possible applications in chemical warfare.
Awards and honours
In the 1993 Queen's Birthday Honours Smith was appointed a Commander of The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to the Ministry of Defence.
In 1947, Harry Smith married Janet Holmes; they had one son and one daughter.
A Memorial Lecture in Harry Smith's honour is associated with the Institute of Microbiology & Infection at the University of Birmingham and is given annually by a world-leading scientist or policymaker in the field of microbiology. Previous Harry Smith Memorial Lecturers include Dame Sally Davies, Professor David Holden, Professor Pascale Cossart, Arturo Casadevall, Liz Sockett and Mihai Netea.
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