28 Apr 2022

Society saddened to learn of death of Dr Michael Ormerod Hon FRMS

Honorary Fellow made enormous contribution to Flow Cytometry

The RMS was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Dr Michael (Mike) Ormerod Hon FRMS, earlier this week.

Mike made a huge contribution - not only to the UK cytometry community, but also to worldwide education in cytometry in a career spanning more than 35 years.

He worked for many years at the Institute of Cancer Research in Sutton, Surrey, where he headed the flow facility until he left to become an independent consultant in flow cytometry.

In 1985 he co-founded the first informal gathering of flow cytometrists - the London Flow Club, and two years later was elected to the first Flow Cytometry Committee of the RMS. The section - which has thrived ever since - only came about due to the efforts of Mike and his fellow enthusiasts.

Mike set up and ran the annual RMS Flow Cytometry Course for many years, and taught on several international courses including in India, Uruguay, South Africa, Egypt and Iran. For 15 years, he also ran the world's only distance learning course on Flow Cytometry for the Virtual School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Ulster.

Mike wrote several books, including 'Flow Cytometry: A Practical Approach' - which has become a familiar sight on the shelves of many a flow cytometry laboratory.

In 2015 he was awarded the Honorary Fellowship of the RMS in recognition of his contributions Contributed to both the UK cytometry community and worldwide education.

Mike's contribution to the world of flow cytometry, his passion, friendliness and support given throughout his career leaves a legacy of thankful flow cytometrists that ensures that he will not be forgotten.

The RMS offers its sincere condolences to Mike's family and friends at this time.