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Memorable Manitobans: Francis Allan “Frank” Plummer (1952-2020)

Medical researcher.

Born at Winnipeg on 2 December 1952, one of four children of Donald Malcolm Plummer and Muriel May Lints (?-1980), he was a world-acclaimed microbiologist known for his work in HIV/AIDS research. He was a Professor at the University of Manitoba and former Scientific Director General of the National Microbiology Laboratory at Winnipeg. In recognition of his community service, he was inducted into the Order of Canada (2007) and Order of Manitoba (2009), and he received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012). He died of a heart attack while visiting Kenya on 4 February 2020.


Plummer mourned as outstanding scientist who helped curb HIV,” Winnipeg Free Press, 5 February 2020.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 5 February 2020

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