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Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing

The M'Gonigle Lecture Theatre

Dr G. C. M. M’Gonigle (1889-1939)

The Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing is delighted to announce the official naming of the M'Gonigle Lecture Theatre in the Ebsworth Building (formerly D003).

Dr George Cuthbert Mura M’Gonigle was a public health pioneer. Born in Monkwearmouth near Sunderland in 1889, he completed his medical training at the University of Durham before undertaking a Diploma in Public Health. In the First World War he served as part of the Royal Army Medical Corps before returning to Durham in 1919. In 1924 he became Medical Officer of Health for Stockton-on-Tees, remaining until his death in 1939.

Dr M’Gonigle rose to prominence through his research into the health effects of unemployment and poverty during the ‘great depression’ of the 1930s. His research on maternal and child health, carried out in Stockton-on-Tees, also demonstrated the importance of poverty for poor nutrition. His research challenged the political orthodoxy of the time and through his tireless campaigning at every level of government he became known as the ‘Housewives Champion’.