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Announcement of Deaths

Posted on 21. September, 2010.

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Science Reviews is sorry to announce the recent deaths of two of our Editors Emeriti on Science Progress.

Professor Dan Lewis FRS, who was Quain Professor of Botany at University College London (UCL) from 1957 to 1978, was best known for his pioneering work on some fundamental aspects of plant breeding, especially with plants of horticultural importance. A great educator, his teaching was marked by his infectious enthusiasm. Several of the students he met in his early years at UCL have achieved great academic success in genetics. He was born on 30 December 1910, he died on 30 September 2009 aged 98.

Professor Patricia H. Clark was Biological Editor of Science Progress from 1989 to 1993.Her research base was University College London from 1953 until her retirement in 1984.

Patricia was interested in microbial biochemistry and decided to investigate why on certain substrates there was a lag before some bacteria started to grow. She and her research group developed hundreds of mutants which had different inducer and/or enzyme specificities. At University College where she had her research base between 1953 and 1984, Patricia and  her group developed new enzymes which could be used in biotechnology, experimenting with the large-scale production of enzymes, and their purification. She was born on 27 September 1919 and died 28 January 2010 aged 91.