Michael Goodfellow

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Michael Goodfellow
Michael Goodfellow.jpg
Born (1941-01-08) January 8, 1941 (age 76)
Ecclefechan, Scotland
Nationality British
Fields Taxonomist
Institutions University of Newcastle upon Tyne

Michael Goodfellow OBE (born 8 January 1941) is a British professor in Microbial Systematics, specialising in actinobacterial taxonomy. He earlier served as head of the School of Biology in University of Newcastle upon Tyne.[1] He is also the chair of the Bergey's Manual Trust.[2]

Education[edit]

Goodfellow was born in Ecclefechan, Scotland and went to school at Carlisle Grammar School. He did both his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at the University of Liverpool, graduating with PhD in 1966. He took a postdoctoral fellowship at Penn State, then as an MRC Junior Research Fellow at the University of Leicester. In 1969 he joined the then newly established University of Newcastle, where he currently serves as head of the School of Biology.[3]

Goodfellow in Newcastle University[edit]

In Newcastle he established and developed courses in microbial systematics and biotechnology and managed the Microbial Resource Laboratory (MRC) for over 30 years. The MRC has and remains focussed on the development and application of state-of-the-art procedures designed to advance the systematics, ecology and commercialisation of actinobacteria.[3]

Key achievements at the University of Newcastle include
  • Forty years research funding from sponsors such as the European Commission, Research Councils (BBSRC, ESRC, MRC and NERC), The British Council and industrial concerns, notably Glaxo Smith Kline, Novartis and Severn Trent Water (51 funded projects in total).
  • Supervision of students who completed 62 PhDs., 4 M.Phils, and innumerable M.Sc's.
  • International recognition for promoting actinobacterial biology and prokaryotic systematics, as exemplified by the award of international prizes, honorary degrees,[4][5] and invitations to present keynote lectures at international symposia.

Owing to his contribution to microbial systematics, a bacterial genus of Actinobacteria was named after him as Goodfellowia.[6]

Educationist[edit]

Apart from his research activities he was involved in development of education in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. He was appointed as a governor for Gosforth High School in 1974 and later elected the chair of governors in 1979, a post he still holds.[7] For his service in education he was named Member of the Order of the British Empire in 2010 New Years honours list.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Staff list by role on University of Newcastle website
  2. ^ Bergey's Manual Trustees on the Trust's website
  3. ^ a b Homepage of Prof Michael Goodfellow at University of Newcastle
  4. ^ University of Newcastle press release
  5. ^ Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana press release
  6. ^ Goodfellowia gen. nov., a new genus of the Pseudonocardineae related to Actinoalloteichus, containing Goodfellowia coeruleoviolacea gen. nov., comb. nov IJSM 2006
  7. ^ Newcastle University press release on 6 January 2010
  8. ^ New Year honours list: MBEs on Guardian