Obituary: Robert G. Milne (1934-2010)

Obituary: Robert G. Milne (1934-2010) Arch Virol (2011) 156:181–182 DOI 10.1007/s00705-010-0855-1 OB ITU A R Y Giovanni P. Martelli Maurizio Conti Springer-Verlag 2010 in the CNR Institute of Plant Virology of Torino put an end to Bob’s wandering. In Torino he settled happily and completed his career as Reseach Leader. Bob retired in 2001 but continued to work relentlessly until the very last day of his life. In 1990, Bob received a DSc degree from London University awarded ‘‘for original published work of a high standard which has given the candidate distiction in his field of study’’. As mentioned, Bob was an accomplished plant virolo- gist with a keen interest in virus taxonomy. From 1981 to 2005 he served in the Plant Virus Subcommittee of ICTV. In the 1980s there was a lively debate on whether the species concept was to be universally applied to viruses, regardless of the type of host, and on the feasibility of Robert G. (Bob) Milne, a distinguished plant virologist and extending the classification based on family-genus-species electron microscopist died on September 5th 2010 in to plant viruses. Bob took active part in this debate con- Torino (Italy). Bob was born in Tanga (Tanzania) from tributing several papers in Archives of Virology Springer Journals

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