Geoffrey Clough Ainsworth (9 October 1905 in Birmingham – 25 October 1998 in Derby) was a British mycologist and scientific historian who had dedicated much of his life to the study of fungi (molds).
After a lifetime of study and writing, Ainsworth concluded that fungal diseases are amongst the oldest recognized causes of infection in humans.
He received his doctorate from the University of London in 1934. From the 1930s to 1960s, he studied and wrote on fungi including their medical uses. Later, he wrote on the history of the field with An Introduction to the History of Mycology (1976), An Introduction to the History of Plant Pathology (1981), and An Introduction to the History of Medical Mycology in 1986.
Ainsworth & Bisby’s Dictionary of the Fungi (Google Books)
Fungal Diseases of Animals (Google Books)
The Fungi: An Advanced Treatise. Vols. 1-5. (Google Books)
Introduction to the History of Medical and Veterinary Mycology (Google Books)
Introduction to the History of Mycology (Google Books)
Introduction to the History of Plant Pathology (Google Books)