UCT mourns the loss of Professor George Lindsey

12 May 2008

It was with shock that UCT learned of the death last week of Professor George Lindsey of the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, who died in a plane crash on 2 May.

Lindsey, a graduate of the University of Sussex, joined UCT in 1974 as a researcher at the Medical School and moved to the Department of Biochemistry in 1979. He was promoted ad hominem to professor in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology in January this year.

Lindsey's research interests within the field of biochemistry were broad, but he had an ongoing fascination for the proteins that protect plants against thermal denaturation. He worked with UCT colleagues Professors Jill Farrant and Wolf Brandt on the compound that protects the membranes of the resurrection plant against dessication.

UCT's Acting Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Martin West, expressed his condolences to Lindsey's family and friends. "This is a sad loss for the university," said West.

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

UCT has offered its support to the Lindsey family.

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