Udayavni Special

June Almeida: The woman who discovered the first Coronavirus


Team Udayavani, Apr 20, 2020, 11:33 AM IST

June Almeida, daughter of a Scottish bus driver was the woman who discovered first human coronavirus in 1964.She was internationally renowned virologist who pioneered new methods for viral imaging and diagnosis.

The new virus Covid-19 is a variant of the Coronavirus, which Dr. Almeida discovered in the laboratory of St Thomas’s Hospital of London in 1964.

June Almedia was born in 1930 in Glasgow, Scotland. Almeida left school at 16 years old because she was unable to obtain funds to go to university. However, she began training as a technician in histopathology at the Glasgow Infirmary and later transferred to St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London. After marrying an artist, Dr Almeida emigrated to Canada she joined the Ontario Cancer Institute in Toronto as electron microscopy technician.

Here, she discovered a method that helped in better visualizing viruses by using antibodies to aggregate them. After this, she returned to work at St Thomas’s Hospital Medical School in London and at that time Dr David Tyrrell was running research at the common cold unit in Salisbury in Wiltshire.

He later approached Dr June and after examining the specimens sent to her, she described it as like influenza viruses, but not the same. Later, her discovery was known as the first human coronavirus.

Udayavani is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel and stay updated with the latest news.

Top News

K’taka COVID-19 update: 1630 new cases, 1333 discharges, 19 deaths on Nov 24

Centre asks states to take steps to reopen medical colleges from or before Dec 1

New COVID-19 guidelines for states issued; to be effective from Dec 1

Siddaramaiah slams Yediyurappa govt over appointments to statutory bodies

More than 400 appear for online language test in Tulu script

Centre approves amalgamation of Lakshmi Vilas Bank with DBS Bank India Ltd

Govt to soon come out with model tenancy law



Related Articles More

K’taka COVID-19 update: 1630 new cases, 1333 discharges, 19 deaths on Nov 24

PM has indicated COVID vaccine likely to be ready soon: Yediyurappa

K’taka COVID-19 update: 1870 new cases, 1949 discharges, 17 deaths on Nov 23

Thanksgiving could be make-or-break in US virus response

COVID-19 vaccine: India Aatmanirbhar for syringes, says industry

MUST WATCH

Centuries-old Tuluva ritual of ‘Bhoomipuje Gaddekori’ still performed at Palthadi Village in Puttur

A bike rider dies in a lorry crash : The scene of the accident was captured on CCTV

Moodbidri: Four people drowned in Shambhavi river

1348 new vented dams in K’taka’s coastal districts: J.C. Madhu Swamy

Karavali gets introduced to Japanese ‘kokedama’ art

Latest Additions

Trade unions to go on nationwide strike on Nov 26

K’taka COVID-19 update: 1630 new cases, 1333 discharges, 19 deaths on Nov 24

Hubballi: Police crack murder case within 24 hours; 2 arrested

Iran diplomat on trial in France over plot to bomb opponents

Cabinet approves MoU between BRICS nations on sports and physical culture

Thanks for visiting Udayavani

You seem to have an Ad Blocker on.
To continue reading, please turn it off or whitelist Udayavani.