Obituary: Dr. Michael A. Mayo (1944–2008)

Obituary: Dr. Michael A. Mayo (1944–2008) Arch Virol (2009) 154:545–546 DOI 10.1007/s00705-009-0334-8 V I ROLO GY D I VI SI ON N E WS Bryan Harrison Published online: 28 February 2009 Springer-Verlag 2009 these volumes ran to more than 1,000 pages, and all three involved coordinating the efforts of hundreds of virolo- gists. Mike also wrote or co-authored numerous articles on taxonomic or nomenclatural matters, mostly informing the virological community about ICTV decisions, taxonomic advances or points under discussion. Virus taxonomy and nomenclature can arouse strong feelings and there were several knotty problems to be solved during Mike’s period of office. His extensive knowledge of viruses and of the rules governing their taxonomy and nomenclature, his hard work, wise advice and calming presence were a major asset to the EC, helping much to be achieved and making him many friends. Warm tributes from numerous EC colleagues include phrases such as ‘a grand force in the ICTV’, ‘a very savvy fellow in the Dr. Mike A. Mayo world of the Biocode’, ‘contributed so much to our efforts’, ‘a terrific plant virologist and a great guy to know and work Mike Mayo, who was active on the International Com- with at every level’, ‘got through an enormous Archives of Virology Springer Journals

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