Agent: Julian Alexander
Gareth Williams MD ScD FRCP FRCPE is the Emeritus Professor of Medicine and Honorary Senior Research Fellow in English at the University of Bristol. He won an Open Scholarship to Clare College, Cambridge and qualified with Honours in Medicine and Pharmacology in 1977. After training in London and Geneva, he moved to Liverpool and built up an internationally recognised research group in diabetes and obesity and became a Professor of Medicine producing over 200 scientific papers and over 20 medical books.
His first book Angel of Death: The Story of Smallpox (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010) is a lively and powerful account of our battle against smallpox.
Paralysed with Fear: The Story of Polio (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) tells the compelling story of mankind’s struggle against polio.
A Monstrous Commotion: The Mysteries of Loch Ness (Orion, 2016) delves into the legend of the UK’s most famous monster. Is it a creature that should have died out with the dinosaurs, or a legend built on hoaxes and wishful thinking?
Unravelling the Double Helix (Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 2019) covers the most colourful period in the history of DNA. These hundred years included the advent of the Nobel Prize, antibiotics, X-ray crystallography and the atom bomb as well as two devastating world wars - events which are strung along the narrative thread of DNA like beads on a necklace.