Catching the worm: towards ending river blindness, and reflections on my life
Published by Royal Irish Academy in partnership with the RDS
Number of pages: 200
The book was launched online on Sunday, 28 June, at 8 p.m.
with a special event premiered on our YouTube channel:
‘William C. Campbell in conversation with Luke O’Neill and Claire O’Connell’.
In 2015, Dr William C. Campbell’s quiet retirement changed abruptly when, at the age of 85, he won a Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. In Catching The Worm – A Memoir, Campbell recalls his early life in Donegal and studying zoology in Trinity College Dublin, then moving to the United States to work as a parasitologist. While working with the company Merck, he helped to discover several drugs to control parasitic worms. One of those drugs, ivermectin, has spared millions of people from the devastating effects of river blindness. Through his memoir, Campbell provides a snapshot of growing up in Ireland before and during World War II, as well as insights into science, the arts, teaching, family and what really matters in life.
Catching the worm is published by the Royal Irish Academy in partnership with the RDS.
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'Nobel laureate Campbell’s memoir captures the essence of scientific endeavour...His career is outlined in beautifully measured writing, and marked by qualities of restraint and humility'. Kevin O'Sullivan, Irish Times, 25/06/2020. Read the full review here.
'Catching the Worm takes us on a 90-year journey through the author’s richly fulfilling life, candidly revealing along the way his feelings and emotions regarding his parents, siblings, marriage and children, as well as his scientific career...Campbell’s wit and wisdom shine throughout the book'. Vincent J. Cirillo, PhD, Medical History Society of New Jersey, 15/07/2020. Read the full review here.
'an absorbing and clearly-written account of the Nobel laureate’s life and work'. Niall Hunter, World of Irish Nursing, September 2020. Read the full review here.