Ernest Arthur Bell
Bell was born at Gosforth, Northumberland on 20 June 1926 and was educated at Dame Allan's School, Newcastle upon Tyne. He took a degree in Chemistry at Durham University and was awarded a doctorate at Trinity College, Dublin.
Bell started his career at ICI in 1946, as a research chemist. In 1947 he took up a research post at Trinity College, Dublin. In 1949 he became a lecturer in Biochemistry at King's College London, where he became Professor of Biology and head of the Department of Plant Sciences in 1972. He was vice-president of the Linnean Society from 1982 to 1986.
He was appointed a Companion of The Most Honourable Order of the Bath in 1987.
He married Jean Ogilvie in 1952 and they had three children together – two sons and a daughter.