1979 – Death of Director Roy Markham

Announcement Date: 1st January 1979

Death of Director Roy Markham. With the support and close involvement of the Trustees, Markham’s legacy included the re-building and expansion of the Institute on the Colney site (effectively retaining John Innes’s independence as a research institute), the creation of a new Department of Virus Studies, and the founding of an Ultrastructural Studies Department equipped as an ARC centre of excellence in electron microscopy. Under Markham’s guidance the Institute developed as an interdisciplinary research centre in plant and microbial science with state-of-the-art facilities attractive to visiting scientists.