Denis H Lynn (deceased)

Denis Lynn died on 26 June 2018, apparently while conducting fieldwork on the coast of British Columbia in his native Canada. At the time of writing no further details are available. This truly is a hammer blow for the world of protistology in general, and for ciliatology in particular, especially following so soon after the loss in February 2018 of John Clamp, another giant in the field of protistology/ciliatology. The passing of Denis is especially hard to take because he was seemingly in excellent health, having participated with great enthusiasm at the ISEP/P-UK joint meeting in Cyprus less than a month before his death.

Denis was THE world authority in the field of ciliatology. Of his huge bibliography, his seminal work was without doubt the 3rdedition of ‘The Ciliated Protozoa’, published by Springer in 2008, and the ultimate source of reference for all matters ciliate. But Denis’s influence went well beyond the field of ciliatology having served for many years on the Executive Committee of the International Society of Protistologists (ISOP) including a term as President (1993-94). At the time of his passing he was ISOP Treasurer. In addition, Denis served at least 10 years as editor of the Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology.

To say that Denis will be missed is an understatement of gigantic proportions, as the numerous tributes and messages of condolences circulating on the internet are already showing.

John C Clamp (1949 – 2018)

John Clamp passed away on 6 February 2018 following a long period of ill-health. Like Denis, John’s influence went way beyond the field of ciliatology and, also like Denis, he was a Past President of ISOP (2012 – 2013). The loss of John is keenly felt by everybody who knew him.

Further details about John need not be rehearsed here because one of the final works to emerge from the pen of Denis Lynn was the obituary of John that he co-authored with John’s widow, Susan. The obituary is unimprovable and can be downloaded free from the Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology website: