Donegal Association meets Professor William Campbell, Winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize for Medicine
On Thursday evening 29th September, members of the Committee of the Donegal Association Dublin met with Professor William Campbell, winner of the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 2015 in the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin.
Prof. Campbell was awarded the prize for his part in discovering avermectins, which kill infection-causing parasitic roundworms. In 1987, along with his employer, Merck Research Laboratories, he played a leading role in distributing the cure for river blindness to millions of people in what has become known as a case study in excellence of public-private partnerships in international health. Prof. Campbell is only the second Irish scientist to win a Nobel Prize, after Ernest Walton in 1951.
Prof. Campbell is a native of Ramelton but has lived near Boston, Masssachusetts for many years and was visiting Ireland to receive a number of awards following his Nobel Prize Award. As committee members we were all in awe of this man and of his achievements, however not only is he a great scientist but he is also a most humble and unassuming man. He also told us of his interest in art and in writing poetry.
During the evening the President of the Donegal Association Dublin, Hugh Harkin and Chairperson Elaine Caffrey presented Professor Campbell with a scroll and Donegal Pens in recognition of his achievements.