Lifetime: 1876 - 1963 Passed: ≈ 61 years ago


Writer, Translator



William Henry Samuel Jones

William Henry Samuel Jones was a British writer, translator, and academic. He was nicknamed Malaria Jones, because of his theory that malaria was instrumental in the downfall of the classical civilizations of Greece and Rome.

Jones was born and raised in Birmingham, and educated at Aston Grammar School and King Edward's School, Birmingham. He entered Selwyn College, Cambridge in 1894, graduating B.A. 1897, M.A. 1902, Litt.D. 1925. He taught Classics at The Perse School in Cambridge, and was appointed a Fellow of St Catharine's College, Cambridge in 1908, serving the college as Dean, Steward and Bursar, and President. He wrote two histories of the college, published in 1936 and 1951.

Books by William Henry Samuel Jones

Malaria: A Neglected Factor in the History of Greece and Rome Cover image

Malaria: A Neglected Factor in the History of Greece and Rome

History Science
Evolution Social Science Ancient Economy Civilization Culture Anthropology Antiquity Medical

It remains a landmark study of the disease's historical and cultural significance. Jones' meticulous research offers a comprehensive understanding of the prevalence of malaria in ancient times, as well as its impact on society, politics, and the eco...

Malaria in Greek History Cover image

Malaria in Greek History

History Science
Nationalism Politics Culture Society Antiquity Medical Life Sciences

It explores the impact of malaria on the ancient Greek world. Written in 1909, the book is a comprehensive study of the disease and its effects on Greek society, politics, and culture. The author, William Henry Samuel Jones, was a British historian...