TRIBUTE: 'One of the world's most influential scientists'

WE are sorry to announce the death of a former RGS head boy once described as one of the world’s most influential scientists.

A former senior lecturer in animal sciences at the University of Bristol’s School of Veterinary Sciences, Ian Richardson was listed on the Thomson Reuters highly cited researchers’ roll, which recognises leading academics in the sciences from around the world, in 2016.

An honorary senior research fellow following his retirement, he was named as among the top one per cent of scientists who are the world’s most influential scientific minds and whose publications have been deemed as having exceptional impact.

After leaving RGS in 1968, Dr Richardson studied at King’s College, London, and went on to marry Imelda, another former RGS student who was chief inspector for the Care and Social Services Inspectorate for Wales before her retirement.

His work in meat science spanned over 25 years, studying the effects of production systems on meat eating quality, composition and shelf life.

In more recent years his work concentrated on understanding the interaction between composition, antioxidants and packaging systems with the aim of reducing waste through the food chain.

1967 First XV, Ian is pictured seated, far right

1967 RGS drama group, Ian is pictured back row, fifth from left

1966 Lower sixth form science students, Ian is pictured middle row, third from right