Members and guests of The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene: As Chairman of the Committee, which included Dr. Calvin W. Schwabe and Dr. Robert H. Kokernot, to select a speaker for the 35th annual Charles Franklin Craig Lecture for 1970, I have the honor of introducing Dr. N. Ansari, Chief, Parasitic Diseases, in the Division of Communicable Diseases of the World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland. Few men have contributed so much to progress in tropical medicine and parasitology as Dr. Ansari. One can point to concrete achievements in the control of parasitic diseases, and, probably more importantly, to his influence on the large number of professional and government people with whom he has dealt over the years.
Born in Isfahan, Iran, Dr. Ansari comes from a family that can trace its origin back to the 6th century. I remember Dr. Ansari telling me that most of the family