Elected: 1966
Discipline: Cell and Molecular Biology
Professor Geoffrey Herbert Beale MBE FRS FRSE
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Geoffrey Beale was recognized internationally as a leading protozoan geneticist with an all-absorbing love of genetics, stimulated in the early part of his career by either working with or meeting many of the key figures who laid the foundations of modern genetics in the 1930s and 1940s. His work on the genetics of the surface antigens of Paramecium provided a conceptual breakthrough in our understanding of the role of the environment, the cytoplasm and the expression of genes, and he continued his interest in the role of cytoplasmic elements in heredity through studies on both the endosymbionts and mitochondria of Paramecium. He pioneered the genetic analysis of parasitic protozoa with his work on Plasmodium, and this stimulated many other scientists to take a genetic approach with these experimentally challenging organisms.