RMS Hon Fellow receives lifetime award from New York Microscopical Society

Brian J Ford Hon FRMS awarded the 2020 Ernst Abbe medal

Brian J Ford Hon FRMS has been awarded the 2020 Ernst Abbe medal of the New York Microscopical Society to mark his lifetime of microscopical research.

A commemorative programme of lectures to mark the event was presented in an online conference. Professor Ford has made key discoveries in fields including intelligence in rhodophytes, haemostatic mechanisms, counterfeit currency and memory in angiosperms.

He is also the authority on Antony van Leeuwenhoek. Ford discovered Leeuwenhoek's surviving specimens, dating from the seventeenth century, and was recently brought in to authenticate two previously unknown Leeuwenhoek microscopes. In the course of his investigations, he developed scanning electron microscopy at the Cavendish Laboratory at Cambridge University to characterise the methods of manufacture used uniquely by Leeuwenhoek.

Professor Ford has written scores of books, his second published book, dating from 50 years ago, being an influential textbook on microbiology. He was awarded the inaugural August Köhler medal by the State Microscopical Society of Illinois, and has been honoured by microscopical associations across the United States.

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