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IN tribute to Alastair Robert Michell (VR, October 22, 2016, vol 179, p 414), Jonathan Elliott, Peter Holmes, Peter Lees, Gudrun Ravetz, Christopher Tufnell and Martin Whitehead write: Bob Michell was born in 1940. As a lad he attended Dulwich College, where he set his heart on a career in veterinary medicine. He duly commenced the five-year BVetMed course at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), in 1959. An early influence was Professor Emmanuel Cipriano Amoroso, professor of physiology at the RVC and fellow of the Royal Society. Inspired by Amo, and under his tutelage, Bob took an extra year to study for an intercalated BSc in physiology, achieving first class honours. His love of science and commitment to veterinary medicine grew from these beginnings. In his final year, Bob was president of the Students' Union and, on qualifying, he commenced a PhD programme of research, linking the chemistry of sodium and potassium to the physiology of the sheep.
We make no attempt here to summarise the breadth and depth of Bob's service to our discipline. Suffice it to say, he spent many of his academic formative years moving to and fro between the UK and USA, on one occasion as a Beit Memorial Research Fellow. Thereafter, he spent much of his career at the RVC, rising to the rank …