Jane Wilson-Howarth

Fellow’s Profile

Jane Wilson-Howarth

Fellow’s Profile

Jane Wilson-Howarth

Ecology of Nepalese caves

Fellowship

Focus

Preserving plant species and building the seed bank at Kew by exploring Nepalese caves for new and rare species

Fellowship year

1976

Locality

East of England

Biography

My Fellowship funded research cataloguing the wildlife in Himalayan caves and contributing to the knowledge of rabies and the lung disease histoplasmosis. I discovered several new species in Nepal and named a hitherto unknown insect Troglopedetes churchillatus in honour of Sir Winston Churchill – it only occurred to me later that calling a blind creature that feeds on bat dung after the great man might be disrespectful. My travels showed the importance of health information and and understanding of germ theory. Next, I trained as a doctor and worked on health promotion in low-income countries. I also started writing – on health and travel. I have published travel health guides, travel narratives and novels set in Nepal, including adventure stories for children. I have written over 200 health features for Wanderlust magazine and in 2019 Simon Calder, travel editor of The Independent newspaper named me one of the most impressive travel authorities. I served as a GP for 15 years and have worked in Asia for 13 years. I teach on global health and also give talks in schools on my writing and travels.

Activity

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Disclaimer

All Reports are copyright © the author. The moral right of the author has been asserted. The views and opinions expressed by any Fellow are those of the Fellow and not of the Churchill Fellowship or its partners, which have no responsibility or liability for any part of them.