Dr Patrick Echlin HonFRMS

The RMS is sorry to announce the recent death of Dr Patrick Echlin HonFRMS


The Royal Microscopical Society was saddened to hear that Dr Patrick Echlin HonFRMS passed away on 24 October at the age of 83.

Patrick was well known to many involved with the Society as he channelled his enthusiasm for microscopy through handbooks, scientific articles, and events and took great pride in ensuring that both the Society and the Journal of Microscopy were reputable and remained useful, beneficial aids to all microscopists.

He became Editor in Chief of the Journal of Microscopy in 1972, a time when many felt that the publication was neglected and falling by the wayside. He took it upon himself to rejuvenate and refresh the Journal, sourcing scientifically sound articles, many involving new techniques and innovative uses of applications. By the time he stepped down from his role in the 1990's, the Journal of Microscopy boasted a higher impact factor and readership, regaining its prominent standing as a microscopy journal.

He then became President of the RMS in 1998, remaining in post until 2000. He was among the first to visit the building site of the ExCeL Exhibition and Conference Centre in London, viewing it as a potential venue for the MICROSCIENCE conference and exhibition. MICROSCIENCE was hosted 8 times at ExCeL from 2002-2010, a successful visit!

In 2002, Patrick's hard work within the Society as well as in the wider microscopy community was recognised and he was designated as an RMS Honorary Fellow, the highest accolade that the Society can give.

Outside of the RMS, Patrick was a lecturer in the Department of Plant Sciences and Director of the Multi-Imaging Centre, School of Biological Science at the University of Cambridge until he retired in 1999. He taught for more than thirty-five years at the Lehigh University Microscopy School and was the author and co-author of eight books on scanning electron microscopy and x-ray microanalysis. His research focused on imaging and microanalysis of biological materials at cryogenic temperatures, spanning important aspects of specimen handling, preparation, and artifacts as well as instrumentation including the scanning electron microscope and scanning transmission electron microscope equipped with energy-dispersive x-ray spectrometers.

In 2001 he was awarded the Distinguished Biological Scientist Award from the Microscopy Society of America.

Our thoughts and condolences go out to Patrick's family and friends.

A more comprehensive obituary will feature in a forthcoming issue of infocus magazine.



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