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Mitchison, Prof. (John) Murdochfree

Mitchison, Prof. (John) Murdochfree

ScD; FRS 1978; FRSE 1966

Born 11 June 1922; s of Baron Mitchison, CBE, QC, and late Naomi Margaret Mitchison, CBE, writer; m 1947, Rosalind Mary Wrong (d 2002); one s three d; died 17 March 2011

Professor of Zoology, University of Edinburgh, 1963–88, then Professor Emeritus and Hon. Fellow


Winchester Coll.; Trinity Coll., Cambridge (BA 1943; PhD 1951; ScD 1967)


Army Operational Research, 1941–46; Sen. and Research Scholar, Trinity Coll., Cambridge, 1946–50; Fellow, Trinity Coll., Cambridge, 1950–54; Edinburgh University: Lectr in Zoology, 1953–59; Reader in Zoology, 1959–62; Dean, Faculty of Science, 1984–85; Mem. of Court, 1971–74, 1985–88. J. W. Jenkinson Memorial Lectr, Oxford, 1971–72. Member: Council, Scottish Marine Biol. Assoc., 1961–67; Exec. Cttee, Internat. Soc. for Cell Biology, 1964–72; Biol Cttee, SRC, 1972–75; Royal Commn on Environmental Pollution, 1974–79; Science Bd, SRC, 1976–79; Working Gp on Biol Manpower, DES, 1968–71; Adv. Cttee on Safety of Nuclear Installations, Health and Safety Exec., 1981–84. Pres., British Soc. for Cell Biology, 1974–77. Mem., Academia Europaea, 1989. FInstBiol 1963


The Biology of the Cell Cycle, 1971; papers in scientific jls


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