Brig. John Alexander Sinton obtained MB, BCh and BAO from Royal University, Ireland, DPH (1960) from University of Cambridge, UK, DTM from University of Liverpool, UK; and MD (hc) from Queen’s University. He was Riddell Demonstrator in Pathology, Queen’s University; and also Director, Malaria Survey of India. He rendered the War Service also.
Academic and Research Achievements: Sinton was well known in the field of malarial and entomological research. His researches with collaborators added greatly to our knowledge of newer antimalarials. His work on plasmodial infections of monkeys was of a pioneering nature. He is also well known for his contributions to tropical medicine. Sinton’s ‘Malaria Map of India’ is considered unique for any tropical country.
Other Contribution: Apart form scholarly publishing, Sinton was a good exponent of technical prose which would interest the uninitiated. One of his general papers, titled ‘What Malaria Costs India’ attained the status of a catchphrase in 1950s. So did ‘Man-Made Malaria’ and ‘Malaria in War’.
Awards and Honours: Sinton received Officer of the Order of British Empire (OBE) (1919); Chalmers Memorial Medal of Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (1928); Bisselt-Hawkins Medal of Royal College of Physicians, London (1944); Robert Campbell Memorial Oration and Medal of Ulster Medical Society (1946); Mary Kingsley Medal of Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (1949); and also Honorary Brigadier. He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of London.