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Dr June Almeida Discovered Coronavirus

Dr June Almeida
(1930-2007) Virologist

June Hart was born and raised in a tenement on the second floor of 10 Duntroon Street, near Alexandra Park, Dennistoun. She attended Alexandra Parade Primary School and Whitehill Senior Secondary School. She left formal schooling with highers at the age of 16 to work as a lab technician at Glasgow Royal Infirmary. Her career developed in electron microscopy by pioneering a method to visualise viruses by using antibodies to aggregate them. Using this method she discovered the first human coronavirus and now some 50 years later virologists are using this method to identify COVID-19.

Internationally renowned virologist who pioneered new methods for viral imaging and diagnosis. - National Center for Biotechnology Information

The woman who discovered the first coronavirus -  BBC Scotland

June Almeida, tribute to Scotland's forgotten hero of the coronavirus - Herald Scotland

June Almeida discovered coronaviruses decades ago - National Geographic

June Almeida - Wikipedia

Photo of coronavirus illustration by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Apr 18, 2020

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