Dr Michael R Droop, late of the Scottish Marine Biological Association (now SAMS), sadly passed away yesterday (20th March) aged 92 following a stroke.
His algal research began as a student of Pringsheim in Cambridge and he continued this when he came to Scotland in 1953. Michael Droop established an algal culture collection at the SMBA to support his studies and, as a result of this, the entire Culture Collection of Algae and Protozoa is now located within the same institution.
The photo attached shows him in his heyday in the 80's at work in the Oban lab before his official retirement in 1983.
A full appreciation of his life and work, written by Barry Leadbeater, was published in Protist Volume 157, Issue 3, 23 August 2006, Pages 345-358.
Christine Campbell, Marine Curator
Culture Collection of Algae and Protozoa
SAMS Research Services Ltd.
Scottish Association for Marine Science
Scottish Marine Institute
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