Welcome to the website of H.V.Wyatt

I have been very fortunate over the years to have worked on topics that interested me.   My interest in polio was sparked by reading the old literature and realizing that the new ideas on cellular immunology would explain many difficulties.   These ideas were welcomed by Carleton Gajdusek who said that my original paper on injections and polio was 'a fantastic paper' and that I had 'done a phenomenal amount of research in India'.
       I discovered Zammit and his work during my visits to Malta (to study polio) and hence the story of brucellosis.    The old papers which linked polio with later MND were the stimulus to test that link in Malta - a link which is possible but not amenable to epidemiological search.
      Since teaching soldiers older than myself in the army, I have seen my role as fostering the interests and abilities of students rather than imparting facts.
      My 18 months as a librarian in the army has been the background to my love of history and books.   Bob Bottle and I started the courses for university biology lecturers and librarians on how to use the biological literature - an echo of my courses for unit librarians when in the army.   This led to my paper on Avery (in Nature) and the response of some 30 biologists who had known him which formed the basis of a paper in Perspectives in Biology and Medicine.   Joshua Lederberg has placed these papers and letters in the Avery archive at Rockefeller University in New York.   These papers, my own notes on Avery and my copy of the Microbial genetics course (with my results) from Hammersmith (Professor W Hayes FRS) are now deposited in the Wellcome Collection).
       The Hershey & Chase paper of seven closely interlocking experiments has been reduced in many books to only the 'Blender Experiment': by itself very unconvincing.   Many accounts are inaccurate and misleading - history has blended.
harold wyatt,
Jul 9, 2009, 10:55 AM