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Issue no 485 | 28 October 2002
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Bye to biology

Three members of staff retired formally from the School of Biology in September; collectively they have contributed almost 100 years of service and been part of six departments through various mergers.

(below, right to left)

Dr Peter Mill, Reader in Invertebrate Zoology 1964-2002
Dr Linton Incoll, Experimental Officer 1969-2002
Professor David Cove, Professor of Genetics 1978-2002

At a party in their honour, Dr John Grahame spoke of Dr Peter Mill’s contribution to the Zoology programme. He was noted as “the last of the Diddy Men”, having been appointed by James Dodd in 1964 to introduce teaching and research in neurobiology. Peter has advised many hundreds of students over the years on zoology choices and more recently international exchanges through the Socrates scheme. A new generation of zoology undergraduates went on field courses this year for the first time in 30 years without Peter and his absence was instantly noted by the residents of the field center.

Dr David Pilbeam introduced Dr Lynton Incoll; as an experimental officer, his post was now a rare breed, but throughout Lynton’s time in Leeds he has maintained his international agricultural research reputation as well as contributing to support services within the University. Lynton’s efforts in computing services and the field research unit were acknowledged and he is currently completing his active research grants on agroforestry.

Professor Simon Baumberg spoke of David Cove’s contribution as Professor of Genetics and as Head of the Department of Genetics for 14 years, during which time he established himself as an enthusiastic teacher of undergraduates and outreach activities. A research symposium was held on 17th September in Leeds entitled “From Aspergillus to Physcomitrella and beyond”, with presentations from David’s former graduate students and research colleagues. Talks were of active research but reflecting David’s research and influence on the genetics of complex pathways, first using the fungus Aspergillus in Cambridge and later, pioneering similar approaches on the moss Physcomitrella in Leeds. As the title suggests, David will continue moss research which, after many years with limited support, has gained greater recognition as a genetic tool in recent years.


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