Arch Virol (2004) 149: 211–213 DOI 10.1007/s00705-003-0253-z Obituary In Memoriam David Christopher Kelly CMG (1944–2003) David Kelly was found dead in woodlands near his home in the Oxfordshire countryside on Friday 17 July 2003. David’s distinguished contribution as an international expert on biological weapons has become the subject matter and centre of discussion for numerous internet sites and newspapers. His earlier contributions to virology and microbiology have largely been subsumed within the turbulent waters of the recent war in Iraq, and the UK inquiry led by Lord Hutton into the reasons leading to David’s suicide. David (frequently known as Dai to his friends) was born in the Rhondda Valley, attending Pontypridd Grammar School. During this period, he ran cross-country for Wales at junior level, and acquired a life-long love for Rugby Union Football, being a frequent attender of international matches involving Wales. He also inherited or acquired some of the love for music that is a tradition of that country; in his case it emerged in his skill on the saxophone. His ﬁrst University course was a BSc in Microbiology at the University of Leeds, followed by an MSc in Virology at the University of Birmingham, where his lecturers
Archives of Virology – Springer Journals
Published: Aug 1, 2003
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