UCT mourns the loss of Professor George Lindsey

05 May 2008 | Story by Newsroom

Prof George Lindsey
Professor George Lindsey

The University of Cape Town has learned with sadness of the tragic death of one of our academics, Professor George Lindsey on 2 May.

Professor Lindsey died when the aircraft he was flying crashed. His daughter, who was with him in the aircraft, is receiving treatment at a local hospital.

Professor Lindsey was a Professor in the Molecular and Cell Biology Department in the Faculty of Science. He was a member of the UCT community for over 30 years.

Having come to UCT with a PhD from the University of Sussex, he worked from 1974 to 1978 as a researcher at the UCT Medical School and was appointed to an academic position in the Department of Biochemistry at UCT in 1979. He rose through the ranks and was promoted Ad Hominem to Professor in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology as of 1 January 2008.

He was a Student Advisor for many years, supervised many masters and Doctoral students and loved his biochemistry laboratory.

Dean of the Faculty of Science, Professor Kathy Driver said: "We are devastated by this tragic loss. He will be greatly missed by his colleagues, research collaborators and students".

Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Njabulo S Ndebele said: "We have expressed our sincere sympathies, on behalf of the entire UCT community, to the family of Lindsey, and have offered our support during this period.

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