Cyril Clarke

About Cyril Clarke

Who is it?: Pioneering work on prevention of Rh disease, and genetics of lepidoptera
Birth Day: August 22, 1907
Birth Place: England, British
Alma mater: Gonville and Caius College and Guy's Hospital
Known for: Pioneering work on prevention of Rh disease, and genetics of Lepidoptera
Spouse(s): Lady Frieda (or Féo) Clarke (m. 1935-1998)
Children: 3 sons: Miles, Charles, John
Awards: Albert Lasker Award for Clinical Medical Research (1980) Buchanan Medal (1990)
Fields: Medicine and genetics
Institutions: Liverpool University

Cyril Clarke

Cyril Clarke was born on August 22, 1907 in England, British, is Pioneering work on prevention of Rh disease, and genetics of lepidoptera. Sir Cyril Astley Clarke was a British physicist and scientist known for his pioneering work on prevention of Rh hemolytic disease of the newborn, a potentially fatal disease that may occur when a fetus and its mother have incompatible blood Rh factors. Once it was believed by the medical fraternity that there was no way of preventing this disease but the enterprising doctor proved the naysayers wrong by working along with a dedicated team of medical practitioners to develop a treatment for this dangerous condition. He was not just a highly skilled physician, but also a renowned geneticist and lepidopterist. His life-long interest in butterflies and moths began in his childhood when he became fascinated with swallowtail butterflies. He would induce the butterflies to mate and study the inheritance of wing pigmentation and mimicry. This childhood interest led him to study human genetics as well. Even though he achieved worldwide acclaim for his work on the prevention of Rh hemolytic disease of the newborn, his work ranged through life insurance practice, consultant physician and professor of medicine. Considered by his peers to be slightly eccentric, he called himself a “dilettante” and felt that his work was “fun”. He retained a child-like curiosity throughout life and was very dedicated towards his profession.
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As per our current Database, Cyril Clarke has been died on 21 November 2000(2000-11-21) (aged 93).

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When Cyril Clarke die, Cyril Clarke was 93 years old.

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Occupation Scientists
Age 93 years old
Zodiac Sign Libra
Born August 22, 1907 (England, British)
Birthday August 22
Town/City England, British
Nationality British

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Cyril Clarke was born on 22 August 1907 in Leicester, England and received his school education at Wyggeston Grammar School for Boys, Leicester and at the independent Oundle School near Peterborough. His interest in butterflies and moths began at school. His studied natural science at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, graduating in 1929, and then Medicine at Guy's Hospital, London, graduating in 1932. During the Second World War he worked as a medical specialist in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. After the war Clarke worked as a registrar at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham and then as Consultant Physician at the United Liverpool Hospitals. In 1963 he was appointed Director of the Nuffield Unit of Medical Genetics based at the University of Liverpool and two years later was made Professor of Medicine. He held these posts until his retirement in 1972. In retirement he served as President of the Royal College of Physicians (1972–1977)


He married Frieda (or Féo) in 1934. Lady Clarke died in 1998. Cyril Clarke died in 2000. They had three sons, one of whom is a consultant Neurologist.


Clarke answered an advert in an insect magazine for swallowtail butterfly pupae that had been placed by Philip Sheppard. They met and began working together in their Common interest of lepidoptery. From 1959 they started running a moth trap in Caldy Common near West Kirby, Wirral, England. They studied the peppered moth, the scarlet tiger moth and swallowtail butterfly. They published papers on the genetics of Lepidoptera and also on Rh disease. Clarke continued research in his retirement and in 1988 he rediscovered a scarlet tiger moth colony on the Wirral Way, West Kirby, that had been started in 1961 by Philip Sheppard. The colony was useful for study of the genetics of changes in populations.

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