Professor Miles Markus is a graduate of four institutions: Imperial College London; London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine; University of Pretoria; and University of the Witwatersrand. He has science, biomedical and language qualifications and is the person who coined the term "hypnozoite" for the stage that has been thought to cause relapse of malarial infections, a phenomenon known since ancient times. As a part-time professional language practitioner, he has held journal-associated positions. He has an interest in the use of language in relation to scientific writing (e.g. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pt.2018.11.006). Many of his numerous research-related articles (on diverse subjects, both obscure and not), mostly sole-authored, have been published in high-impact journals, including "Nature" and "Science". Inter alia, Professor Markus is a Life Fellow and Local Secretary of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene; and a Life Member of the American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene. In terms of student evaluation of lecturing performance, involving both large (e.g. medical students) and small classes, he has been recognized as a distinguished teacher. Professor Markus is based in the School of Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of the Witwatersrand. He is also associated with the Wits Research Institute for Malaria (WRIM) in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the same institution; and is a member of a research laboratory at Ohio State University, USA.