Leicester's Debt to a Victorian Engineer: Joseph Gordon (1837 - 1889)

Series Name Leicester Literary and Philosophical Society
Speaker Professor Sir Kent Woods
Type Lectures & Talks
When 02 Oct 2017, 07:30PM - 08:30PM
Venue New Walk Museum
Open To Public
Ticket Price Visitors £3
For Bookings Contact No booking is required

Professor Sir Kent Woods will give the Presidential address at the start of the Leicester Literary and Philosophical Society's 2017 - 2018 lecture season. The Lord Mayor of Leicester, Councillor Joshi, will be present.

Professor Sir Kent Woods, Emeritus Professor of Therapeutics at Leicester University spent 20 years in cardiovascular medicine at the Leicester Royal Infirmary and later became chief executive of the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency 2004 - 2013 and Chairman of the European Medicines Agency 2011 - 2015.

Professor Sir Kent Woods will talk about the high infant mortality in Leicester throughout the Victorian period, the highest of any major town in England, due to the high rates of summer diarrhoea. Research done by Dr John Snow on cholera in London showed the importance of sewage contamination in transmitting disease and was one of the drivers of sanitary reform. Leicester was slow to implement change until the appointment of Joseph Gordon as borough surveyor in 1881. In the following decade he drove forward a remarkable programme of civil engineering including the re-laying of sewers and the building of both the Beaumont Leys sewage farm and the Abbey pumping station. Infant mortality in Leicester fell rapidly to the national average..

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