Catching the Worm with Dr William C. Campbell
3 December, 2020 , 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm GMT
In conversation with Maria Delaney
In partnership with Royal Irish Academy and RDS Library
Please join Dublin Book Festival for a captivating conversation with biologist and Nobel laureate, Dr William C. Campbell, about his new memoir Catching the Worm (Royal Irish Academy), wherein he recounts his early life in Donegal, his time studying zoology in Trinity College Dublin, and his move to the United States to work as a parasitologist. Throughout his career, he played roles in the discovery and development of several new treatments against parasitic worms; one of those drugs, ivermectin, has spared millions of people from the devastating effects of river blindness.
In 2002, he was elected to the US National Academy of Sciences, and in 2015, at the age of eighty-five, he shared one half of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Professor Satoshi Omura ‘for their discoveries concerning a novel therapy against infections caused by roundworm parasites’. 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.
Dr Campbell will be in conversation with Maria Delaney, an investigative journalist who has previously won awards for her freelance science and health journalism in national newspapers and radios.
Dr William C. Campbell
Dr William C. Campbell is a biologist and Nobel laureate. From Ramelton, County Donegal, Ireland, he played roles in the discovery and development of several new treatments against parasitic worms. In 2002, he was elected to the US National Academy of Sciences and in 2015, he shared one half of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Professor Satoshi Omura ‘for their discoveries concerning a novel therapy against infections caused by roundworm parasites’. Bill lives in North Andover with his wife, Mary. They have three children and five grandchildren.
Maria Delaney is an investigative journalist for Noteworthy, a project by Journal Media, publishers of Ireland’s leading online news source TheJournal.ie. Previously, she was an award-winning freelance science and health journalist working for national newspapers and radio.