丹尼斯-伯基特博士。弗瑪納向 "超級明星 "癌症先驅致敬
Dr Burkitt is remembered for his research on a childhood cancer, now known as Burkitt's lymphoma, and on the importance of dietary fibre for the avoidance of colorectal cancer.
"What he did in Africa in the 1950s and the 1960s is unparalleled by any other individual in cancer medicine," Prof Smith said.
Dr Burkitt attended Portora Royal School in Enniskillen. He signed up to study engineering at TCD but transferred to the medical school to follow a Christian calling to become a doctor.
"He's so well-known around the world for his seminal works, but not in Fermanagh itself. I said 'let's do something', but it took three years because of Covid," he said.
The unveiling of the plaque coincides with the publication of a new biography of the medical pioneer by Prof John Cummings of Dundee University.
Dr Burkitt served with the Royal Army Medical Corps in east Africa during World War Two, which led him to continue his medical work in Uganda after the conflict.
This examination led to a long process of research, including hundreds of miles of travel around central Africa, which led to the identification of Burkitt's lymphoma.
He also persuaded pharmaceutical companies to provide chemotherapy dugs for free, and developed new treatments suited to the living conditions of people in sub-Saharan Africa.
Dr Burkitt and his wife, Olive, returned to the UK in the early 1960s where he began work on colorectal cancer and the importance of including fibre in the diet.
From his time in Africa he concluded that many diseases experienced in western countries were the result of diet and lifestyle
In 1979, the veteran researcher published a book, Don't Forget Fibre in you Diet. This was aimed at the general public rather than the specialist scientific community and became a bestseller.