Saul Adler (1895-1966)
Professor Saul Aaron Adler was the leading Jewish parasitologist of this century. Born in the town of Karelitz in Russia in 1895, he was taken to England at age 5 where his family settled in Leeds. He obtained his medical degree at the University of Leeds during the first World War and then joined the Royal Army Medical Corps which sent him to serve in the Middle East. This gave him his first taste of tropical
medicine, and following military service he studied in this field, both in Liverpool and in West Africa.
In 1924 Adler was called to Jerusalem by Chaim Weizmann in order to develop the new Institute of Microbiology. He was appointed professor and was associated with the Hebrew University for the remainder of his life.
Adler's main subject of interest was leishmaniasis. He investigated the disease in the Mediterranean and around the world. He discovered multiple species of leishmania and the diseases related to the parasite, including Chagas's disease. He also produced important research in the area of malaria. A recipient of many honors, including election as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Scientists, Saul Adler died in 1966 at the age of 70.
Taken from Nature, March 26, 1966.