Using primary sources and personal experience, this book traces the origins of microbiology at the government establishments at Porton Down. Begun in secrecy during World War II, early work concentrated on a response to the threat of biological warfare from Germany. It traces Porton's pioneering work on deadly diseases such as anthrax, through to the Centre's modern role in healthcare. It provides an invaluable source of information for scientists and historians alike, particularly for those interested in political and military history.
About the author
PETER HAMMOND is currently Head of Information Services at the Centre for Applied Microbiology and Research at Porton Down. He has held various positions in the Centre in protein chemistry, process development and reagent manufacturing, and has published widely in the scientific literature.
GRADON CARTER is a Retired Civil Servant. He joined the Chemical Defence Establishment's Medical Division at Porton in 1979 and from 1984 until his retirement in1990 he was Head of its Technical Intelligence and Information Section. He then became a part-time consultant on historical matters for the CBD sector of DERA. In 1992 HMSO published his Porton Down: 75 Years of Chemical and Biological Research, marking the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Chemical and Biological Defence Establishment.
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