Mary Noble passed away peacefully on 20 July 2002 at the Drummond Grange Nursing Home, Lasswade, in an area of Scotland with which she was intimately linked. Her parents were both from Leith, where her father had a chemist and druggist shop at Gladstone Place for over fifty years. Mary was born on 23 February 1911 and it was her father, himself a student in Glasgow of the eminent botanist Professor F O Bower, who introduced Mary to botany. Mary attended Mary Erskine School, before going to Edinburgh University where she gained a B.Sc. with Honours in Botany.
In 1935 she received a Ph.D. under the tutelage of mycologist and plant pathologist Dr Malcolm Wilson, the family of whom she kept in touch with until her death. Her doctorate studies covered mycological aspects of seed pathology, which was to become one of her abiding interests, and her thesis gained her the Gunning Victoria Jubilee Prize of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
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