Born in London in 1924, Professor Wallace Peters obtained his bachelor of medicine and bachelor of surgery degrees in 1947 and MD in 1966 from London University. He also obtained Diploma of Tropical Medicine and was awarded the prestigious D.Sc. degree from London University for his distinguished research. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and former Walter Myers Professor and Dean of Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, and Head of the Medical Protozoology Department at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He served as Consultant for international organizations such as the World Health Organization. Peters is currently Professor Emeritus of Medical Parasitology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Honorary Research Fellow at CAB Institute of Parasitology, former Honorary Director of the Tropical Parasitic Disease Unit at the Northwick Park Institute for Medical Research in Middlesex and Member of the Malaria Research Center and Honorary Member of the Molecular Biology Section at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Professor Peters’ research in tropical medicine spans nearly 60 years, during which he authored hundreds of scientific papers, and many books and book chapters. His pioneering research on the chemotherapy and control of malaria – a disease which affects more than 500 million people in Africa, Asia and South America and kills annually 1-3 millions – has guided research on malarial chemotherapy and prevention throughout the world and established him as a leading authority in that field. His books include: Tropical Medicine and Parasitology; Anti-Malarial Drugs; Chemotherapy and Drug Resistance in Malaria; Atlas of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology; A Color Atlas of Arthropods in Clinical Medicine.
In addition to the King Faisal International Prize for Medicine, Professor Peters received several other awards and honors, including memberships or honorary memberships of major scientific and medical societies, editorships of medical journals in his field and numerous lectureships. He was awarded an honorary doctorate degree from Paris Descartes University, and the Manson’s Medal of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.
In recognition of his outstanding contribution to the control of malaria. The selection by the King Faisal Foundation of Professor Peters recognizes his status as a world authority on the mechanisms of action of antimalarial drugs and his role in the development of more effective combinations of drugs to combat the developing resistance of malaria parasites to treatment with drugs that as a result have recently lost their effectiveness. Particular reference was made to prof. Peters encyclopaedic book on antimalarial drugs that have guided the research on malarial therapy all over the world.