Lt Col Alexander Dron Stewart did his MBChB (Hons) (1906), FRCS, DTM (1913) and LLD (hc) from University of Edinburgh, UK. He also received DPH (1920). He served as Health Office, Indian Medical Service, Simla (1914-18); Director, Public Health; Professor of Hygiene, School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Kolkata (Founder Director, All India Institute of Public Health and Hygiene); Principal and Superintendent, Medical College Group of Hospitals, Kolkata; Secretary General, Medical College of Calcutta; and Superintendent, Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh.
Academic and Research Achievements: Stewart did much work on cholera, plague, blackwater fever, malaria, nutrition, epidemic dropsy, sanitation and health. He carried out morbidity surveys, epidemiological investigations and made new innovations in public health practice, e.g. establishment of primary rural and urban health services.
Other Contributions: Steward was a great medical administrator and man of selfless devotion to medical service. He distinguished himself in military and civil services. He co-authored the book: Public Health Laboratory Practice.
Awards and Honours: Dr Stewart won many awards, notably: CIE (1934) and Order of St John of Jerusalem (1934). He was elected Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh and Royal Society of Edinburgh; and also was President of the Indian Science Congress (1933).