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Dr. John Lancelot Todd was born on September 10, 1876, in Victoria, British Columbia.
He was a Canadian physician and parasitologist who graduated from McGill University Medical School in 1900 and had a distinguished career. In 1902-05 he conducted research expeditions for the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine in the Congo and Senegambia. Later he became director of the Runcorn Research Laboratories in Liverpool and a member of the Typhus research commission to Poland. He worked as Associate Professor of Parasitology at McGill University. In 1925, he resigned from McGill and began to work for Canada's National Research Council, setting up the Institute of Parasitology at Macdonald College in 1932.
He died on August 26, 1949, in a car accident in Sainte Anne de Bellevue, Quebec.