The legacy of John Snow: Epidemiology yesterday, today & tomorrow

John Snow events 2013 logoIn Spring 2013, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine held a series of events to celebrate the bicentenary of John Snow’s birth, his achievements and the new research that continues his legacy throughout society.

John Snow (1813–1858) is an iconic figure in public health – the forefather of epidemiology, the man who first proved cholera was water-borne by tracking an outbreak to a water pump in Soho, and a pioneer in anaesthesia who attended to Queen Victoria during labour.

Learn more about the work and legacy of John Snow in the School’s March podcast


Event and exhibition details

13 March – 17 April Cartographies of Life & Death: John Snow and Disease Mapping Historical treasures and newly commissioned artworks inspired by science featured in a public exhibition celebrating Snow’s work and legacy. Presented in the style of a disease mapping ‘detective’ trail, thousands of members of the public joined us for a drink at our pop-up water bar, saw weekly street performances from singers, tarot readers and geologists, and discovered rare items from the School’s archives, including disease maps showing how scientists have tracked deadly outbreaks around the world from the early 1900s to the present day. Find out about the exhibition events or see the mobile map.

Portrait of John Snow15 – 16 March Mapping disease: John Snow & Cholera To coincide with Snow’s birth anniversary, a public lecture and day-long meeting looking at historical aspects of Snow’s work were held at the School. View videos from the event (YouTube).

11 – 12 April Snow’s legacy: Epidemiology today & tomorrow This two-day conference provided a contemporary evaluation of Snow’s legacy and explored developments in epidemiological methods and their application in disciplines within and beyond the health sciences. A conference gala dinner took place at the Wellcome Trust on 11 April with after-dinner speaker and Channel 4 newscaster, Jon Snow. View videos from the conference (YouTube).

Image: John Snow. Credit: LSHTM Library & Archives.

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