Since it's inurgural meeting in 2015, the History Committee has been tasked with compiling historical timelines, overseeing the RMS collections and managing the RMS archives.
Dr John Hutchison HonFRMS
History Committee Chair
University of Oxford
John Hutchison’s involvement with the RMS started 40 years ago when his micrograph entry won first prize in the 1974 competition. He was awarded a Certificate and the Glauert Medal by the then President Gerard L’E Turner.
John joined the Materials Science Section in 1984, and later the Electron Microscopy Section. Following a six year stint as Executive Honorary Secretary, he was elected President for the period 2002 – 2004, during which time he had the opportunity to present Gerard L’E Turner with an Honorary Fellowship, almost 30 years after receiving his own competition prize from him!
In 2014, to mark the Society's 175th anniversary, John wrote a specially commissioned book 'Moving Forward' highlighting the Society's activities from 1989-2014, bridging the gap from God Bless the Microscope! by Gerard L'E Turner
Prof Paul Brown
University of Nottingham
Dr Peter Evennett HonFRMS
University of Leeds (retired)
Peter took his first degree in Zoology at the University of Liverpool, and his PhD at St Andrews, during which time his interests in microscopy developed. He lectured in Zoology at the University of Leeds for 30 years, with a particular interest in animal physiology and histology, cell biology and light and electron microscopy. He retired early from the University and since then has concentrated on his interests in microscopy, including teaching for the RMS and other organisations at home and abroad. He is particularly interested in finding simple ways of teaching and demonstrating the fundamental principles of the microscope to both professional and amateur microscopists. He has taken part in the RMS’s schools’ Outreach activities from the start, and assists in raising funds by recycling redundant equipment to amateur microscopists. Peter has been a member of the RMS for many years, and is an Honorary Fellow of the Society.
Dr Chris Hammond
Keeper of the Collection
University of Leeds (retired)
Chris, formerly Senior Lecturer in Materials at the University of Leeds, has had a long association with the RMS. Together with a small group of council members he was involved in the establishment of the AMFES initiative in 1995, from which the Outreach and Education programme has largely grown. His motivation is the belief that a child's curiosity about the natural world can be nurtured, from the simplest level, by the observations and discoveries which can be made with the microscope.
In 2015, Chris was awarded the first RMS President's Medal.
Prof. Chris Hawes HonFRMS
RMS Executive Honorary Secretary
Oxford Brookes University
Chris Hawes is Professor of Plant Cell Biology and Research Lead and Head of the Doctoral Training Programme in the Department of Biological and Medical Sciences at Oxford Brookes University. He runs a research group looking at the structure and function of the higher plant secretory pathway concentrating on the endoplasmic reticulum and Golgi apparatus. Much of the work is based around the expression of fluorescent proteins and confocal live cell imaging, although more recently the group have been using EM tomography to look at Golgi biogenesis. Chris also teaches undergraduate courses in Cell Biology, runs the School BioImaging suite and manages a small microscopy consultancy. Chris has been a member of the RMS for many years and has been on the organising committee of the last 5 International Botanical Microscopy meetings and sat on various mmc-series committees. Chris is also a Scientific Editor of the Journal of Microscopy.
Dr Lynne Joyce
RMS Honorary Treasurer
Prior to retiring in 2014 Dr Lynne Joyce was Director of Market Development at Agar Scientific. Lynne graduated with a BA in Biology from the University of York and was awarded her PhD in Plant Sciences from the University of Newcastle. Her first position was with the Lord Rank Research Centre (Rank Hovis McDougall) in High Wycombe where she worked initially on the wheat breeding program and then trained in the electron microscopy unit with Roger Angold. In 1982 she joined Agar Aids (now Agar Scientific) to work with company-founder Alan Agar and was soon appointed Sales Director and then later in 1992 Managing Director, a position she held until 2008.
Lynne became a member of the RMS in 1987 and was invited to join the Trade Advisory Committee (now known as the Corporate Advisory Board) in 1992, where she was an active member until her retirement. Lynne first term as Honorary Treasurer began in 1995 and ran for 10 years (the maximum term permitted).
Mr Chris Kennedy
RMS Honorary Historian
Prof Michelle Peckham
University of Leeds
Michelle Peckham is Professor of Cell Biology in the Faculty of Biological Sciences. She obtained a BA in Physiology of Organisms at the University of York, and a PhD in Physiology at University College London. She moved to King's College London, and started to use a specialised form of light microscopy (birefringence) to investigate muscle crossbridge orientation. She then worked at UCSF, San Francisco for a year, where she used fluorescence polarisation to investigate muscle crossbridges. She moved back to the UK, to the University of York, to work on insect flight muscle. In 1990 she was awarded a Royal Society University Research fellowship, based at King's College London, and began working on the cell and molecular biology of muscle development, and started to use live cell imaging to investigate muscle cell behaviour in cultured cells, and confocal microscopy to investigate their cytoskeleton. She collaborated with Graham Dunn to use Digitally Recorded Interference Microscopy with Automatic Phase Shifting (DRIMAPS) to investigate cell crawling behaviour. She moved to Leeds in 1997 as a Lecturer, and has continued to use a wide range of both light and electron microscopy approaches to investigate the molecular motors and the cytoskeleton.
Prof Tony Wilson HonFRMS
University of Oxford
Tony Wilson is a former President of the Society and a previous General Editor of the Journal of Microscopy. His research in optical microscopy has the overall aim of developing a variety of high resolution imaging techniques for applications in areas ranging from the life sciences to industrial metrology. His main interest lies in the theory and implementation of scanning optical microscopes and, in particular, the development of and applications of confocal microscopy. He and his colleagues have introduced a number of diverse techniques into confocal microscopy such as fibre optics, laser feedback, extended depth-of-focus imaging, fast aberration free optical focussing and adaptive optics. The structured illumination technique as other ‘light efficient’ methods of obtaining optical sectioning have been commercialised from his laboratory. He is Professor of Engineering Science and a Fellow of Hertford College at the University of Oxford. Professor Tony Wilson is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Microscopical Society and Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in recognition of his seminal contributions to confocal microscopy, arguably one of the most significant advances in light microscopy in the last century.