Fred G. W. Jones
Fred Jones passed away
on 12th September 2003 in the South Perth Community Hospital,
He was nearly 90.
In 1956, Fred was appointed Head of the Nematology Department
at Rothamsted Experimental Station, eventually becoming Deputy
Director in 1966. He retired officially from Rothamsted in
1979 at age 65, but remained on site until 1987 as an honorary
scientist in the Statistics Department. After retiring, Fred
maintained his scientific activities, first as editor of Nematologica,
then as Managing Director and Secretary of the International
Trust for Zoological Nomenclature (1980-1987). In addition
to three editions of Pests of Field Crops, he wrote over two
hundred scientific papers, ran many courses in Plant Nematology
locally and overseas. He was also an external examiner to
various universities, a Visiting Professor at Imperial College,
London University, an editor of various scientific journals
and a member of many visiting groups and national committees.
He spent considerable time in India, and ran the first Plant
Nematology course there at Aligarh Muslim University and later
another at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute in New
Delhi. He was the first to discover the potato cyst-nematode
in India (in the Nilgiris), which did much to foster the establishment
of plant nematology in India, and supported training of Indian
nematologists. He was awarded Honorary
Fellowships by the Society of Nematologists, the European
Society of Nematologists and the Association of Applied Biologists.
Because of his role in helping to further Nematology in India,
in 1992 at the age of 78, he also travelled alone to India
as a guest to attend the first meeting of the Afro-Asian Society
of Nematologists in Aligarh, the last major international
scientific meeting he spoke at. Fred is survived by his wife
Enid, three sons and a daughter, eight grandchildren and one
Luiz Gonzaga Engelberg
Dr. Luiz Gonzaga
Engelberg Lordello, the most outstanding Brazilian nematologist,
died on 4 February 2002, at the age of 75. His career (1951-1984)
was established at the Escola Superior de Agricultura Luiz
de Queiroz, Piracicaba, University of S㯠Paulo, from where
he was awarded the Ph.D. degree in 1953 in zoology. He spent
two years in the USA on a post-doctoral program with Dr. G.
Steiner in 1954-55. Dr. Lordello was responsible for much
of our understanding of the free-living and plant-parasitic
nematodes occurring in Brazil but also made contributions
to research on bio-ecology, host-parasite interactions, and
control methods. His scientific output included over 150 papers,
textbooks, and extension bulletins. In 1974, he proposed the
creation of the Brazilian Nematological Society (BNS) being
subsequently elected as its first President. In 1981, he was
formally awarded with the title of "Father of the Brazilian
Nematology" in recognition to his huge contribution to the
development of Plant Nematology in Brazil. He is survived
by his wife, Maria de Lourdes, four daughters, and eight grandchildren
(from Luiz Carlos
Camargo Barbosa Ferraz).
Prof Juan Heyns of South Africa, died on 21-12-2001 after
a heart bypass operation and subsequently contracting pneumonia.
In December 2001, Klaas Kuiper, former
head of the Nematology Diagnostic Department of the Plant
Protection Service in Wageningen, the Netherlands passed
away after a long period of illness.
Pierre BAUJARD died on 30th November, 2001 at the Hopital
de Villejuif, France, after a long illness.