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January 2017

Professor Geoffrey Raisman, FRS, Chair of Neural Regeneration, UCL Institute of Neurology sadly passed away on Friday 27 January 2017

Geoffrey was an inspiration to the many colleagues and students that he worked with. He was a truly exceptional and gifted person and his death represents a major loss to the neural regeneration research field and to UCL.

Tribute to Geoffrey Raisman

December 2016

Fred Bearman (Preservation Librarian, UCL Library Services) sadly passed away on 11 December 2016.

Throughout Fred's career, he worked on some of the UK’s most iconic manuscripts: Captain Bligh’s log-book from HMS Bounty and the Magna Carta. He was presented to HRH Queen Elizabeth II in recognition of his work on the Domesday Book for its 900th anniversary.

Fred joined UCL in 2007 and while working at the university, he oversaw the move of more than 600,000 rare items into temporary storage at the National Archives to facilitate building plans.

Tribute to Fred Bearman

July 2016

UCL Institute of Archaeology staff, students, friends and colleagues will be saddened to hear of the death of Beatrice de Cardi, OBE FBA FSA, who died on 5 July 2016 – a month after her 102nd birthday.

Beatrice received a BA from UCL in 1935, before working as secretary to Sir Mortimer Wheeler at the London Museum where he was then Keeper.

She was appointed an Honorary Fellow of UCL in 1995 and at the time of her death had been a Visiting Professor at the UCL Institute of Archaeology for many years.

Tribute to Beatrice de Cardi

May 2016

It is with great sadness that we announce Professor Mike Ewing passed away on 21 May 2016.

Mike was a member of the UCL Chemistry Department from his arrival, in 1975 from Australia, as a Ramsay Fellow. Many will remember fondly Mike's wonderful attention to detail, which permeated every task he undertook; be that in the role of Chair of Departmental Examinations  for 18 years, or developing experiments for the Undergraduate teaching laboratories. Mike retired from UCL in 2014, but still remained in active contact with many staff and students. He will be sadly missed by all (see the 2014 Chemistry Newsletter for a short summary of his many achievements).

Tribute to Professor Mike Ewing

February 2016

Professor Robert Brown (UCL Division of Surgery & Interventional Science) sadly passed away on 4 February 2016 at the age of 64. 

An extraordinary human being, Robert is survived by his mother Doris Brown, his daughter Elizabeth Pelichet, his son Michael Brown and grandson Finley Brown. His passing is a huge loss to our UCL community and the tissue engineering community in the UK, Europe and internationally.

Tribute to Professor Robert Brown

December 2015

It is with great sadness that we announce Ms Jenny Nery, project manager for the UCL Translational Imaging Group, has passed away.

Jenny Nery joined UCL in August 2009 as personal assistant to Professor John Deanfield at the UCL Institute of Child Health, and as cardiac research coordinator within the UCL Institute of Cardiovascular Science. 

In March 2011, Jenny moved to UCL Medical Physics & Biomedical Engineering as research administrator, where she played a very significant role in establishing one of the highest annual research incomes per academic of any department at UCL. 

Jenny continued to progress in her career and, in January 2014, advanced to the role of project manager of the department’s Translational Imaging Group and also managed a £10 million Wellcome Trust-EPSRC funded project ‘Guided instrumentation for fetal therapy and surgery’. 

As well as being a highly skilful and effective administrator, Jenny had abundant energy and remarkable proactivity. 

She loved being busy and was totally committed to UCL and her colleagues. Jenny made immense contributions to the success and sustained growth of the department, and her lively presence will be sadly missed by us all.

Tribute to Jenny Nery

November 2015

Professor Aubrey Sheiham, a global pioneer in public health and a highly respected, much admired and loved colleague died on 24 November 2015. 

He joined UCL in 1984 as Professor of Dental Public Health and, for more than 30 years, was an inspirational teacher, mentor and public health advocate for social justice and global health.

Tribute to Professor Aubrey Sheiham

Painter and designer Yolanda Sonnabend (1935 – 2015) studied at the UCL Slade School of Fine Art from 1955–60, taught on the its revered Theatre Design course and became an Honorary Fellow of UCL.

Sonnabend is most renowned for her theatre design with the Royal Ballet, from whom she received her first design commission, while still an undergraduate, in 1958. 

She designed costumes and sets for Kenneth MacMillan’s Symphony in 1963 and collaborated with MacMillan for more than 30 years. 

Royal Ballet design credits include Rituals, Valley of Shadows, Requiem, My Brother, My Sisters and Playground. Other theatre credits include Camino Real and Antony and Cleopatra with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Also a painter, she exhibited widely, and examples of her painting can be found in the National Portrait Gallery, Arts Council Collection and the UCL Art Museum.

Tribute to Yolanda Sonnabend

October 2015

Professor Lisa Jardine (1944–2015) joined UCL in 2012 as Professor of Renaissance Studies and was Director of the UCL Centre for Humanities Inter-Disciplinary Research Projects (CHIRP). 

She was also the founding director of the Centre for Editing Lives and Letters (CELL), which develops archive-based research projects of relevance to the period 1500–1800. 

Lisa published more than 50 scholarly articles and wrote or co-wrote 17 books, including influential studies of Shakespeare, humanism and Erasmus as well as lives of Bacon, Wren and Hooke. 

In her later work, she made particularly important contributions to the history of science in Europe and to the study of Dutch history and Anglo-Dutch relations.

Tribute to Professor Jardine

Professor Jane Wardle  (1950–2015) was Professor of Clinical Psychology and Director of the Cancer Research UK Health Behaviour Research Centre at UCL. 

She was one of the pioneers of health psychology in the UK and internationally – known for her seminal work on the contribution of psychology to public health, particularly the role of psychological research in cancer prevention and work on the behavioural and genetic determinants of eating behaviour and obesity.

Faculty of Population Health tribute

Tribute to Professor Wardle

August 2015

Professor Sue Malcolm, Emeritus Professor of Molecular Genetics at the UCL Institute of Child Health

Sue was one of the first academic appointments in Molecular Genetics at ICH, a basic scientist who was appointed in 1985 to establish the NHS molecular diagnostic genetic service, as well as to carry out her own research programme into gene mapping, imprinting and craniofacial disorders. 

Since her early retirement more than 10 years ago, she was a regular attender at genetics seminars and lab meetings at the institute whenever she was not in France. 

She continued working and publishing a very educational blog until very recently. She trained and mentored a number of UCL’s Clinical and Molecular geneticists and provided ongoing academic input to younger researchers in the genetics arena. 

Friends and colleagues were able to celebrate Sue’s work and to showcase their research to her at the Inaugural Genetics and Genomic Medicine Programme Research Symposium in January of this year, by having her as special guest for that afternoon. She will be greatly missed.

May 2015

Professor Bruce Swinyard 

Bruce joined UCL Physics & Astronomy’s Astrophysics Group in the summer of 2010, as a joint appointment between UCL and STFC’s Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, spending half his time at UCL and half at RAL's Space Science and Technology Department, where he was Leader of the Astronomy Group. 

He played an outstanding role in the successful development of a series of state-of-the-art scientific instruments for important space missions.

Tribute to Professor Swinyard

February 2015

Professor Sir David Watson

Professor Sir David Watson sadly died on 8 February 2015 after a short illness. Sir David was Professor of Higher Education Management at the UCL Institute of Education (IOE) from 2005 to 2010.

Tribute to Professor Watson

January 2015

Bob Allan (27 March 1951–8 January 2015)

During his long career at UCL, Bob was involved in many other external activities relating both to the teaching and assessment of Danish and Faroese and to education and professional development more generally.

Tribute to Bob Allan

September 2014

Professor Paul Fatt

Paul Fatt FRS (died 28 Sept 2014), Emeritus Professor of Biophysics, UCL.

Professor Trevor Smart, current HoD NPP said, “Professor Fatt was one of the last of a remarkable constellation of people who essentially set up the foundations for what has now become UCL neuroscience. 

“He is well known for his seminal work on the nature of neurotransmission at the neuromuscular junction and for his longstanding collaborative work with Bernard Katz, Kenneth Cole, John Eccles, Bernard Ginsborg and, of course, with Gertrude Falk.”

Interview with Professor Fatt (Sept 2013)

August 2014

Professor Alan George Jones

Alan Jones first joined UCL Chemical Engineering at UCL in 1969 to study for a PhD looking at crystal size distributions developed in batch crystallisation processes under the supervision of Professor John Mullin. 

After graduation, he took a spell in industry with Unilever and then ICI.

Tribute to Professor Jones

July 2014

Professor Bill Mead

Professor William R. (Bill) Mead died on 20 July, nine days before his 99th birthday.

He came to UCL in 1949 and played a leading role in UCL Geography’s subsequent success as scholar of Scandinavia, Head of Department during 16 years of major expansion from 1966 and, after 1982, as an active Emeritus.

Tribute to Professor Mead

Professor Sir Peter Hall (1932–2014)

Professor Matthew Carmona (UCL Built Environment) said: “Peter’s contribution to the world of planning academe is so significant and so extensive that it almost defies description, but is perhaps best represented in the catalogue of around 50 books that he authored or edited since beginning his academic career in 1957 – many now seminal texts in the field.”

Tribute to Professor Hall

June 2014

Professor Barbara Banks

Barbara Banks (24 February 1934–10 June 2014) was a staff member in the UCL Chemistry and Physiology departments until 1999, when she retired as Emeritus Professor of Physiological Chemistry.

Tribute to Professor Banks

March 2014

Professor Andrew Burroughs

Professor Burroughs passed away on Saturday 15 March 2014 in the Royal Free Hospital. He was an eminent and world-renowned Professor of Hepatology and consultant physician/hepatologist.

He joined the UCL Institute of Liver and Digestive Health last year, having previously worked in the Sheila Sherlock Liver Centre at the Royal Free Hospital for the majority of his career. 

Departmental tribute

February 2014

Dr Peter Sutton

Dr Peter Sutton, former Director, Public Health Laboratory Service Centre for Applied Microbiology and Research, Porton Down, died on 10 February 2014, aged 81.

Peter Morgan Sutton, was born on 21 June 1932, one of two sons of Sir Graham Sutton and Lady Doris Sutton. 

He was educated at Bishop Wordsworth School, Salisbury and Wrekin College, Wellington, followed by training in medicine at UCL, where he obtained an honours degree in anatomy and University College Hospital Medical School, qualifying in 1956. 

Sutton specialised in pathology and was appointed successively Graham Scholar, lecturer, senior lecturer, and reader at University College Hospital Medical School. 

He was Vice-Dean of UCH Medical School from 1973–1978. In 1978, he was appointed Director of the Public Health Service Centre for Applied Microbiology and Research at Porton Down, a position he occupied with distinction until his retirement in 1992. 

Sutton was a visiting Professor at UCL, and elected a Fellow of UCL. In his later years, he suffered from Parkinson’s disease. He leaves a wife, Helen, also a UCL medical graduate, four children and eight grandchildren.

Professor Heather van der Lely RCSLT

Heather was Professor of Developmental Language Disorders and Cognitive Neuroscience at UCL from 2001 to 2009. 

Her influential studies of children with Specific Language Impairment (SLI), based on a modular account of language development, earned her a high international reputation. 

Heather was strongly committed to the application of theory to practice, and was an energetic supporter of children and families affected by SLI.

January 2014

Professor Alexander Lamb Cullen OBE, FRS
Formerly Head of Department, UCL Electronic & Electrical Engineering and Dean of the Faculty of Engineering Sciences at UCL.

Tribute to Professor Cullen

Dr Roger Giblin

Lecturer, UCL Electronic & Electrical Engineering (1969–2004)

Tribute to Dr Giblin

December 2013

Tribute to Dr Katharine Giles, who died in April 2013, published in the Guardian
Senior Research Associate, UCL Earth Sciences (2004–2013)
PhD, UCL Philosophy (2005)
MSci (Hons), UCL Natural Science (2000)

Departmental tribute to Dr Giles

October 2013

Professor Hugh Gurling
Professor of Psychiatric Genetics, UCL Mental Health Sciences Unit

Tribute to Professor Gurling

Professor Bastien Gomperts
Emeritus Professor of Biochemistry, Division of Biosciences
UCL Physiology; UCL Experimental Pathology
PhD (UCH Medical School)
BSc Chemistry (1960)
Tribute to Professor Gomperts