Elected: 1977
Discipline: Unspecified at this time
Dr John Alan Richardson MBE FRSE
Dr John Alan Richardson, who has died aged 82, married Jean Irving Wylie in 1946. They had a son and two daughters, all of whom survive him. He spent his entire academic career in the Department of Botany at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne (previously King’s College in the University of Durham) and was a pioneer in research into the problems of industrial land reclamation. He graduated from King’s College in Botany and Physics in 1940 and spent the War years first as an Anti-Aircraft Radar Officer and later as a Captain in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. At the end of the War he returned to King’s as a member of the staff of the Botany Department until he retired in 1984.

Alan Richardson, as he was universally known, was one of a small select band of botanists around the country who had taken physics as a major component of their degree and who brought fresh insights and understanding into physiological investigations of plants. Alan’s expertise in the field led to the first major review of the interaction between these two subjects entitled Physics in Botany (Pitman, London).

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