John Subak-Sharpe

Biography of John Subak-Sharpe

John Herbert Subak-Sharpe (1924-2020) was Professor of Virology and Honorary Director of the Medical Research Council Virology Unit from 1968 to 1994.

Born in Vienna, Subak-Sharp was brought to Britain by the Kindertransport mission in 1939 and was a farm pupil from 1939 to 1944, before serving in the Parachute Regiment. He graduated with a BSc in Genetics from the University of Birmingham in 1952, gaining his PhD in 1956, and came to Glasgow in 1954 as an assistant in the Department of Genetics. In 1956, he joined the Animal Virus Research Institute at Pirbright and worked on foot-and-mouth disease. After a spell at the California Institute of Technology, he joined the MRC Experimental Virus Research Unit in Glasgow in 1961.

Subak-Sharpe was made a CBE in 1991.


John Subak-Sharpe

Born 1924.
Died 8 July 2020.
University Link: Professor, Researcher
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Occupation categories: virologists
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Record last updated: 14th Jul 2020

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Posted by Dr. Glenn A. Gentry at 2:50:03 on 2 January 2013

I knew John Subak-Sharpe from my sabbatical experience in the Virology Institute, 1970-1971. It was a great place for herpes virologists, and I recall with considerable pleasure my time there, and working with John (and others as well - including Craig Pringle and Morag Timbury). John later visited me in Mississippi (Univ. MS Med School). With best wishes to John, I am Glenn A. Gentry, Ph.D., retired Prof. of Microbiology, Univ. MS Med School Jackson, MS