Saul Adler

Saul Adler

Saul Adler FRS (17 May 1895, Carblitz, Russia - 25 January 1966, Jerusalem) was an expert on Parasitology.

Early life

Saul Adler was born in Carblitz, Russia. One of his brothers was Sol Adler. In 1900 he and his family moved to Leeds.


University of Leeds; Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. MB, ChB, Leeds, 1917; DTM, Liverpool, 1920; MRCP 1937, FRCP 1958.


  • Royal Army Medical Corps (Captain), 1917-1920. In 1921 Saul went to Sierra Leone to conduct research into Malaria. Two years later, Chaim Weitzman, then President of Israel, offered him a job in Jerusalem. Later that year, he started working in the Laboratory of the Hadassah hospital. In 1925, he published a book on the Transmission of Malaria, "Sand Flies to Man". In 1927 he became director of the department of parasitology.
  • Assistant, Hebrew University, 1924
  • Professor of Parasitology, Hebrew University, 1928-1955


  • Chalmers Medal Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, London, 1933.
  • Elected Chairman of Free Faculty of Medicine of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem in 1944.
  • OBE, 1947
  • Fellow of the Royal Society, 1957. He was the first Israeli citizen to be elected.
  • Honorary doctorate from the University of Leeds in 1965.
  • Order of Cross of Phœnix, Greece.


  • In 1930, Saul achieved something truly wonderful. He brought three golden hamsters back from Syria and successfully bred them as laboratory animals. Every domestic hamster that is seen today is from the three he brought back from Syria.
  • A room in the University of Jerusalem was built in his honour.
  • He helped find the cure for malaria.
  • His face was printed onto a stamp in Israel in 1995.


Saul Adler died on the 25th January 1966. His funeral was attended by the President on Israel.


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