J. Rodney Quayle was an outstanding microbial biochemist whose early training in pure chemistry was coupled with rigorous enzymology and experience in the relatively new techniques of using radioactive 14C compounds in the study of metabolic pathways. These he used to investigate and elucidate the pathways of carbon assimilation during microbial growth on compounds with a single carbon atom such as methane and methanol. When he started, little was known about these organisms (methylotrophs), which, largely as a result of his own work and the work inspired by him, have formed the subject of regular international symposia over a period of more than 40 years. After a short time working in Melvin Calvin’s laboratory in California and a very fruitful period in Hans Krebs’s Unit for Research in Cell Metabolism in the University of Oxford he moved for the next 20 years to the University of Sheffield, after which he became a highly successful and popular Vice-Chancellor at the University of Bath. His rigorous approach to his subject, his generosity and inspiration made him a much revered and much loved father figure to generations of microbial biochemists.
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