Ashley A. Miles FRS (1904-1988)

Ashley Miles worked at NIMR from 1945-52, bringing his expertise in bacteriology to the development of international standards. Ashley Miles qualified in medicine with a specific interest in microbial disease. During the Second World War he was a member of the MRC War Wounds Committee, and was Director of the MRC Infection Unit at the Birmingham Accident Hospital from 1942. In 1945 Miles joined NIMR, where he became head of the Division of Biological Standards from 1947–52, and Deputy Director of the Institute from 1948-52. He left NIMR in 1952 to become Director of the Lister Institute of Preventive Medicine, and Professor of Experimental Pathology, University of London. He was also President of the Society for General Microbiology (1957-9), and was knighted in 1966. Upon retirement in 1971 he moved to the MRC Clinical Research Centre, Harrow, to study the role of iron in stimulating bacterial growth.

Sir Arnold Ashley Miles
Sir Arnold Ashley Miles Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images

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