Meningitis Research foundation (MRF) is very sad to learn of the death of Harold Lambert earlier this month. Harold was a revered former vice-chair and trustee of MRF and a great friend to the charity. He will be sorely missed. He died peacefully at home, aged 90.
Professor Lambert was an expert in infectious diseases, and specifically in antibiotic therapy. He trained at Cambridge University and University College Hospital. After training in medicine and conducting research in microbiology he became consultant physician, and later Professor, at St George’s Hospital Medical School in London where he was instrumental in establishing Infection as an academic speciality. For many years he was co-editor of the primary textbook on antibiotic therapy “Antibiotic and Chemotherapy”. He also helped in the development of pyrazinamide as a treatment for tuberculosis. His chief interests were meningitis, respiratory infections and the rational use of antibiotics. He has published widely on these topics.
After retiring from clinical practice in 1989 he continued to be very active, serving on Meningitis Research Foundation’s Scientific Advisory Panel as vice-chair and later joining our board of trustees and becoming the charity’s medical advisor. He also continued to contribute a great deal to academic life at St George’s – at seminars, lectures and Jenner Research Days. Harold and his wife Joan were also the creative force in establishing a Water Garden at St George’s so that patients and their families could escape the hospital environment.