Authorised form of nameMitchison; John Murdoch (1922 - 2011)
Dates1922 - 2011
Place of birthOxford, Oxfordshire, England
Date of birth11/06/1922
Date of death17/03/2011
Winchester College and Trinity College in Cambridge
Murdoch Mitchinson went to and later became Professor of Zoology at Edinburgh University in 1963 after working there for a decade. Considered a pioneer in the area of cellular biology, Mitchinson developed the yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe as a model system to study the mechanisms and kinetics of growth and the cell cycle.] He was an academic advisor to the 2001 Nobel Prize in Physiology recipient Paul Nurse.
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election16/03/1978
Age at election55
RelationshipsSon of the Labour politician Dick Mitchison and his wife, the writer Naomi (née Haldane); maternal nephew of biologist J.B.S. Haldane (FRS 1932); maternal grandson of physiologist John Scott Haldane (FRS 1897); younger brother of the bacteriologist Denis Mitchison; elder brother of the zoologist Avrion Mitchison; married Rosalind Mitchison, historian
Royal Society codeNA3994
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
EC/1978/21Mitchison, John Murdoch: certificate of election to the Royal Society1975
IM/GA/JGRS/8108Mitchison, John Murdoch1978
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