Twenty-six names form the frieze on the exterior of LSHTM's Keppel Street building.
Twenty-three names formed the original frieze on the exterior of LSHTM's Keppel Street building. Mystery surrounds the reasoning behind their selection which was made by a committee of unknown constitution who pondered deeply on which of the names of the great and good in the fields of hygiene and tropical medicine merited such public acclaim.
The names were also all those of men. So, to celebrate our 120th anniversary in 2019 we gained special permission to add three new names to the façade of our Grade II listed building to reflect the diversity of global talent in public health, medicine and the health sciences.
The names - selected from suggestions made by our staff community - are all from an era in keeping with the building, which opened in 1929. We were proud to announce the addition of Marie Skłodowska-Curie, Florence Nightingale, and Alice Ball.
The first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the first person to win twice, and the only person to win a Nobel Prize in two different sciences: physics and chemistry.
Alice Augusta Ball
African American chemist who developed an injectable oil extract which became the treatment for leprosy until the 1940s.
Sir John Pringle
British physician, an early exponent of the importance of ordinary putrefactive processes in the production of disease.
Sir Edwin Chadwick
Lawyer and social reformer who devoted his life to sanitary reform in Britain.
British physician who pioneered the quantitative study of morbidity and mortality.
Edmund Alexander Parkes
English physician, known as a hygienist, particularly in the military context.
French chemist and microbiologist who was one of the most important founders of medical microbiology.
Baron Lister of Lyme Regis
British surgeon and medical scientist who was the founder of antiseptic medicine and a pioneer in preventive medicine.
Timothy Richards Lewis
Welsh surgeon and pathologist who worked in India on several aspects of tropical medicine.
Founder of modern bacteriology, known for his role in identifying the specific causative agents of tuberculosis, cholera, and anthrax.
Charles Louis Alphonse Laveran
French physician, pathologist, and parasitologist who discovered the parasite that causes human malaria.
Army pathologist and bacteriologist who led the experiments that proved that yellow fever is transmitted by the bite of a mosquito.
William Crawford Gorgas
U.S. Army surgeon who contributed greatly to the building of the Panama Canal by introducing mosquito control to prevent yellow fever and malaria.
Sir Ronald Ross
British doctor who received the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1902 for his work on malaria.
Hermann Michael Biggs
American physician and pioneer in the field of public health who helped apply the science of bacteriology to the prevention and control of infectious diseases.