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Prof. Jim Waterhouse passed away

Dear Colleagues,

The ISC Board wishes to share our deepest feelings with the family, friends, and colleagues of Prof. Jim Waterhouse who passed away last week. We reproduce below the message from one of his collaborators and former student, Prof. Ben Edwards:


It is with great sadness that I am to inform you that Prof. Jim waterhouse has died peacefully in his sleep last week. Jim and Liz (his wife) found out just over a month ago he had lung cancer with secondary growths throughout his body – Jim, in typical Jim manner, only let me know (in Jim’s own words) “ ….to offer an explanation of what is likely to be unreliable/non-existent advice I might give in the future!”

Jim was a prolific writer and consummate scientist, always looking for a ‘beautiful yet simplistic design’ in research. In the world of chronobiology he was always a maverick as he was self-taught, taking lead on writing one of the most iconic books (with his friend David Minors) on Circadian rhythms and the human (reading the literature for 2 h a night for 2 years to complete the chapters); when his own boss (Prof. John Norton Mills) died in a mountaineering accident in North Wales in 1977.

I have always been proud and privileged to be referred to as 'one of Jim's PhD boys' (even at the age of 43), and appreciated, as did others the time and patience he showed both colleagues and students. In my last email to Jim I wrote … “I think I speak for a large number of students and colleagues to whom you have enriched their time at University and I would like to thank you for this. I think it is a British thing to not tell people the difference they have made (when they are alive), then it is too late and they are gone - I am glad to say this is a trait I do not adhere to”. So I hope Jim had an idea as to the impact he had made both locally at LJMU, and internationally in the many Universities across the world where he taught.

I will always remember Jim fondly and have based some of my teaching style on his (without the intelligent and brainy bits - but with pictures of things trying to eat me instead). Many students taught by Jim will recall complex physiology concepts with lines like 'and that's why Giraffes will never go to space'. Phrases like “Are you with me…” and, “Are we in agreement..” will forever make me smile, he will be missed and as he had a liking for aged, single malt whisky I will later raise a glass or two to him.

I’m sure our thoughts are with Liz and family.

Nicholas Mrosovsky passed away

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

It is with deep personal regret that I inform you that Nicholas Mrosovsky, loving husband of Sara Shettleworth, died peacefully on Sunday, February 22, after a long illness. Nicholas Mrosovsky FRSC had been associated with the University of Toronto since 1967 and was Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Zoology (now EEB & CSB) and Physiology. Nicholas was part of the chronobiology research community for over 40 years, as well as pursuing important research endeavours on the environmental physiology and conservation of sea turtles. Nicholas’ contributions to chronobiology included seminal studies on the role of masking by light, mechanisms of circadian photoreception, and nonphotic entrainment of the mammalian clock. He is well known for his impeccable scholarship for which he was awarded a prestigious Killam Fellowship from the Canada Council for the Arts in 1994.

Our hearts go out to Sara and her children.

Martin Ralph

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Thursday, 20 June 2013 10:13

On Sunday June 9, 2013, Franz Halberg has passed away. Prof. Halberg was one of the pass presidents of the International Society for Chronobiology. He will be remembered as one of the founders of the field of Chronobiology. His accomplishments are summarized in his over 3,400 scientific publications, in cooperation with colleagues from around the world. He coined the term circadian, after documenting that biologic rhythms tip the scale between health and disease and even between life and death. Many around the world call him their mentor and turned to him for advice, from study design and data analysis to the interpretation of results in the time dimension. His work earned him numerous awards, apart from holding professorships in Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Physiology, Biology, Bioengineering and Oral Medicine at the University of Minnesota.


Francesco Portaluppi
President of the International Society for Chronobiology

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Monday, 17 June 2013 15:12

A few moments ago I received the sad news that Erhard Haus has passed away during this week end. All of us have had the opportunity of knowing him, reading with great interest his articles and books, discuss chronobiology with him during all the congresses of our specialty (he missed almost none of them). Those of us who had the additional blessing of having his friendship also whow how deep and warm was his humanity.

On behalf of you all, members of the ISC, I have already expressed to Erhard's family the feelings of loss and sorrow we are experiencing today.

I am asking our Secretary Prof. Hermida to post this sad communication on the ISC website, to make all colleagues aware of such unfortunate event and to spread our sincerest condolences to all colleagues.

For the same purpose, I am also inviting Professors Reinberg, Touitou and Smolensky to prepare an obituary that will be published in Chronobiology International as soon as possible.


Francesco Portaluppi
President of the International Society for Chronobiology


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