Elected: 1987
Discipline: Organismal and Environmental Biology
Professor William Mordue FRSE

Professor Emeritus, University of Aberdeen.

William Mordue, better known as Bill by his friends and colleagues, was born in Stanley County Durham. The proud son of a Durham miner, he attended Stanley Grammar School, where he developed his interest in biology. Bill decided to pursue his academic interests at university and became the first member of his family to go on to higher education when he enrolled at the University of Sheffield in 1958. This was something both he and his family were immensely proud of, and as a result Bill had a lifelong empathy with students from working class backgrounds wanting to ensure that they had the same higher education opportunities as those who were more privileged. He read for a BSc in Zoology from 1958 to 1961 and continued his studies for a PhD at the same University from 1961 to 1964, investigating the hormonal control of egg development in the mealworm Tenebrio molitor under the supervision of Dr Ken Highnam. This was the beginning of his passion for entomology and insect physiology, which would become the main research thread of his career. He continued to develop his interests in insect physiology during a 3-year post-doctoral Fellowship, which he also held at the University of Sheffield from 1964 to 1967.  Read more