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Department of Zoology


Professor Simon Maddrell, FRS
1937 - 2020

We are very sad to announce that our colleague Simon Maddrell passed away yesterday.

Simon was an exceptional insect physiologist, an inspiring teacher, a talented financial manager and an infectiously enthusiastic colleague.  Simon was a PhD student with Sir Vincent Wigglesworth where he began his lifelong research career on insect physiology. After a post-doc at Dalhousie he joined the AFRC Unit of Insect Neurophysiology and Pharmacology led by John Treherne and located in Zoology. Here he performed elegant work using the Malpighian tubules in Rhodnius to investigate mechanisms of secretion and excretion. In 1976 he won the ZSL’s Scientific Medal and was made an FRS in 1981. When the AFRC unit closed Simon stayed in Zoology, eventually as Emeritus Honorary Professor. During this period he brought his skills in experimental physiology to bear on the Malpighian tubules in Drosophila opening up new avenues in integrative physiology.  

Simon’s contribution to science goes beyond his research. He was involved throughout his career with the Journal of Experimental Biology and the Company of Biologists. His financial acumen and talent allowed the Company of Biologists to grow into the successful organisation that it is today.  

The Department and science have lost an extraordinary talent, an immensely influential researcher, and a humorous and generous colleague. We offer our condolences to Simon’s family and friends.  

Howard Baylis
Head of Department