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Obituary for Professor John Murray

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We were very sorry to hear of the death of Professor John Murray in late October 2021. John had a long and distinguished academic career at Imperial College London, The Marine Biological Association in Plymouth, Bristol University, Exeter University and finally Southampton, carrying out research on numerous topics related to benthic foraminifera. He was outstanding as both a teacher and researcher and will be greatly missed in both the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton and in the world of foraminiferal research. He will also be sorely missed in our society. John was a member of the society from its foundation in 1970, as the British Micropalaeontological Group. He was secretary of the Foraminifera specialist group in 1972-1973,  and Chairman of the society from 1978 to 1980. He edited the Journal of Micropaleontology from 1994 to 1997. In each of the roles he was supremely efficient and made major contributions to development of the society, in recognition of this he was made an Honorary Member of the Society in 2005. The Society also recognised his outstanding scientific contributions to Micropalaeontology, awarding him the Brady Medal, the highest honour of the society, in 2007. His achievements to that date are summarised in the commendation for the award – although since he continued a high-level of scientific output that summary is in need of updating. 

Our knowledge of microfossils and their role in global ecology has been built by the work of numerous micropalaeontologists and John was one of the best, and one of the kindest.  

Written by Dr Jeremy Young, on behalf of the Micropalaeontological Society committee

Obituary for Professor Robin Whatley

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The public funeral arrangements for Professor Emeritus Robin Charles Ignatius Whatley are as



Reception Mass at St Michael’s Church, Laura Place, Aberystwyth, SY23 2AU at 5.30pm on Friday 24 th

June, 2016.


Requiem Mass at St Michael’s Church, Laura Place, Aberystwyth, SY23 2AU at 11.30am on Saturday

25 th June, 2016 followed by Funeral Breakfast in the Old College, King Street, Aberystwyth, SY23 2AX

and then interment at Hafod Churchyard, Cwmystwyth, SY23 4AG (Grid Reference SN 768 736).

No flowers please but donations, if desired, towards helping students in the field of

Micropalaeontology under the aegis of the Micropalaeontological Society c/o D.J. Evans Funeral

Directors, Penrhyncoch, Aberystwtyh SY23 3EQ: Tel. 01970 820249.


Should you wish to attend the funeral, please could you inform Dr Caroline Maybury by email:, if you have not already done so, how many will be in your group, so that catering

arrangements may be made.


Caroline wishes to express her sincere thanks for all the kindness, sympathy and messages of

condolence she has received in her bereavement.

Microfossil Image Competition 2016

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microfossil image competition 2016

2016 will be the third year The Micropalaeontological Society runs their Microfossil Image Competition. The outstanding success of the last two years is reflected by the creation of our 2015 and 2016 Micropalaeontology Calendars. Each year, the calendars have required two print runs and have sold out! A summary of the winning images can be found here (20142015), whilst a Flickr archive of all submitted images can be found here. Read more

Obituary for Professor Martin Brasier

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April 12, 1947 –  December 16, 2014


It is with great sadness we heard of the sudden and tragic death of Professor Martin Brasier. Martin was heavily involved in the early days of BMS (as TMS was previously known) as newsletter editor and in the foram group. He gave an interesting talk at the Oxford TMS AGM in November this year which covered Martin’s micropalaeontological interests. We have included a brief obituary notice from Oxford University and will be producing an obituary (in the newsletter & website) highlighting Martin’s contribution to Micropalaeontology. Read more