Professor Greenwood's work as a physician, teacher, researcher and adviser has played a significant role in several developments in malaria prevention and treatment, including the importance of insecticide-treated bednets.
After qualifying in medicine in 1962, Brian Greenwood worked as a doctor in the UK and Africa and went on to develop research interests in malaria and meningococcal disease. In 1980, he moved to The Gambia to direct the UK Medical Research Council Laboratories, overseeing major pieces of work including demonstration of the efficacy of insecticide treated bednets in preventing death from malaria in African children and in developing ways of preventing pneumonia and meningitis in African children through vaccination.
He joined the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 1996 and is now the Manson Professor of Clinical Tropical Medicine. He previously directed the Gates Malaria Partnership and in 2008 he became director of MCDC. He also co-ordinates the African Meningococcal Carriage Consortium which works in seven countries across the African meningitis belt.
He continues to add to his 600-plus list of publications and has acted as an adviser and collaborator in partnerships engaged in the development of drugs and vaccines for use in the developing world.
The School's Director, Professor Peter Piot, said:
This is a very well deserved knighthood for a man who is truly committed to the fight against malaria. We are extremely proud of him and it is a privilege to work with him.