Obituaries - K

Obituaries - K

Henrik Kacser

Henrik Kacser was born at Campina in Romania on 22nd September 1918 (but not registered till September 27th), and died in Edinburgh on 13 March 1995. From 1952 until his death he worked at the Institute of Animal Genetics of Edinburgh University, (later incorporated in the Institute of Cell, Animal and Population Biology). He was widely known for his outstandingly original work in Biochemical Genetics. Read more about Henrik Kacser

Matthew Howard Kaufman

Matthew Howard Kaufman was the Professor of Anatomy at the University of Edinburgh from 1985-2007 and a world-famous figure in mouse embryology in the latter half of the 20th century. This was due to his experimental work on early mouse development, his major role in the discovery of mouse stem cells (1981) and his Atlas of Mouse Development (1992). This book is still a necessary reference work in every mouse laboratory throughout the world and was the basis for several key mouse informatics resources. In his later years, Kaufman published many books and papers on the history of Scottish medicine and its major practitioners in the 18th and 19th centuries. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2008, just after his retirement. Read more about Matt Kaufman

Charles Kemball

Charles Kemball was one of the most distinguished British chemists of his generation. He was born in Edinburgh in 1923, the only son of a distinguished dental surgeon, Charles Henry Kemball FRSE , and was educated at Edinburgh Academy. It was clear from an early age that he was very talented and even in the preparatory school at Edinburgh Academy his teacher found his speed at mental arithmetic rather disconcerting. Bright pupils were encouraged towards the Classics and it was only after the School Certificate Examination that a perceptive teacher persuaded him to move to the Sciences. He had an aptitude at shooting and was a member of the shooting VIII which won the Kinder Cup at Bisley in 1939. Subsequently he was captain of shooting and won the shooting cup in his final two years at the Academy. Read more about Charles Kemball

Nicholas Kemmer

BORN IN Russia and brought up in Germany, the physicist Nicholas Kemmer was personally educated by Max Born, Werner Heisenberg and Wolfgang Pauli, becoming a PhD student in Switzerland, a war worker in Canada, and a university lecturer in Cambridge. From there he was hand-picked in 1952 by the Vice-Chancellor of Edinburgh University, Sir Edward Appleton, and by Max Born (both FRS and Nobel prizewinners), for one of the historic Chairs in Edinburgh University, that of the Tait Professor of Mathematical Physics. For the next quarter of a century Kemmer was to occupy it with distinction and to the great advantage of generations of gifted undergraduates and postgraduates - less than gifted students shy away from the formidable challenges of abstruse mathematical physics. Read more about Nicholas Kemmer This obituary was first published by The Independent on 24 October 1998.  Reproduced with permission from The Independent

Rodney Alistair (Rob) Kempton

Rob Kempton, Director of Biomathematics & Statistics Scotland (BioSS) since its inception in 1987, died of a heart attack while on a cycling holiday in North Yorkshire, on Sunday May 11th 2003 at the age of 56. He was President-elect of the International Biometric Society and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Rodney Alistair Kempton, or Rob as he was known by all, was born in Isleworth, Middlesex in 1946. After attending Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School, he read mathematics at Wadham College, Oxford, graduating in 1968. He followed this by a BPhil. at Oxford in Applied Statistics, an almost unique qualification as the course was discontinued after just one year. Read more about Rob Kempton

Robert M Kenedi

Robert Kenedi was born in Hungary on 19 March 1921 and went to Glasgow in 1938 to study civil engineering in classes conducted at the Royal Technical College leading to the degree of the University of Glasgow, from which he graduated with distinction in 1941. After spending two years as an Alien on Auxiliary War Service in Britain, he was appointed (in 1943) Lecturer in the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering of the Royal College of Science and Technology in Glasgow, which later became the University of Strathclyde. Robert Kenedi spent the first ten years of his professional career working primarily on strength of materials related research, developing new applied knowledge and strain gauge technology for stress analysis in thin-walled structures. Read more about Robert Maximilian Kenedi

John William Beaufoy King

John King had a passion to see research in animal genetics translated into breeding practice. His work helped to transform the pig breeding industry in the UK, but his influence stretched world-wide. John was born on 28 June 1927 in Nailsworth in Gloucestershire to a family of farmers and corn millers. He had an outstanding record at Stroud School from where he won an open scholarship to Cambridge to take a natural science tripos followed by a diploma in agricultural science in 1948. His post-graduate studies were undertaken at the Institute of Animal Genetics of Edinburgh University, using mice as an animal breeding model. He worked under the guidance of Douglas Falconer who trained and influenced many animal geneticists of John's and subsequent generations. After obtaining his Ph.D. he was appointed to the scientific staff of the then recently established ARC Animal Breeding Research Organisation under the directorship of Hugh Donald. Read more about John William Beaufoy King

Ralph Christie Kirkwood

Ralph Kirkwood who died on 9 June 2014, was born in Glasgow on 6 July 1933. He received his secondary education at the University of Glasgow. He went on to become a very special botanist characterized by the breadth and depth of his impact on academic, social and environmental matters. In the wonderful world of weeds he was known for his prodigious output of publications on plants, physiology, herbicides and weed control. His career at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow illustrated his love of botany that was developed, shared and sustained with others through his skills as a lecturer, researcher and community leader. Ralph, is survived by his wife Mair, sons David, Andrew and Gareth and grandchildren Jamie, Ross, Nicolas, Alistair, Calum and Victoria. Learn more about Ralph Kirkwood

Martin David Kruskal

Martin David Kruskal, one of the most insightful and innovative of applied mathematicians and theoretical physicists, died on 26 December 2006. During his long active career, largely at Princeton, then latterly at Rutgers University, his many honours included the National Medal of Science in 1993, the Gibbs Lectureship and the 2006 Steele Prize for Seminal Contribution to Research (both from the American Mathematical Society) and the Maxwell Prize from the International Congress on Industrial and Applied Mathematics. He was a member of the National Academy of Sciences (1980), foreign member of the Royal Society of London (1997) and of the Russian Academy of Sciences (2000) and a Honorary Fellow of the RSE (2001). Read more about Markin Kruskal


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