Фандо Роман Алексеевич
Институт истории естествознания и техники им. С.И. Вавилова РАН, Москва, Россия
In Memoriam of Irina V. Tarasevich (16.VIII.1928–11.XII.2017)
Roman A. Fando
Sergey I. Vavilov Institute for the History of Science and Technology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia
This paper examines the biography of an epidemiologist Irina Vladimirovna Tarasevich. Having graduated from Moscow University’s Department of Entomology, she devoted herself to the studies of natural-foci (vector-borne) diseases. Over her 65-year career at the N.F. Gamaleya Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology, she went all the way from being a junior research fellow to Academician (Full Member) of the Russian Academy of Sciences. She discovered new foci of Q fever, Tsutsugamushi disease, and Astrakhan spotted fever, studied the relationships of pathogens with their carriers, developed the diagnostics and forecasting techniques for the outbreaks of natural-foci infections, and identified a new species of Rickettsia. Apart from epidemiology, I.V. Tarasevich studied the history of discovery of different rickettsioses and founded a new school in ecology of Rickettsia and epidemiology of rickettsioses.