Elected F.R.S. 1973
George Francis Mitchell, Frank to all who knew him, died peacefully at the age of 85 in October 1997 after a short illness. He was the son of David William Mitchell and Frances Elizabeth Mitchell (née Kirby), and had led an extraordinarily distinguished, productive and varied life. The Mitchells were a family of Scottish origin who came to Dublin in the mid-nineteenth century. They were in a variety of businesses, from upholstery for railway carriages to fine fabrics, from furniture and hardware to laboratory suppliers of glassware and chemicals. Frank and his brother David, a consultant physician, and his sister Lillias, who maintained a family tradition as a teacher of fine textiles, were the first generation of the family to experience third-level education.