Malcolm Wilson (d. 1960)

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Malcom Wilson (d. 1960) joined the staff of the Botany Department in 1911 as the first Lecturer in Mycology and Bacteriology. During the First World War, he served as a Pathologist in the County of London War Hospital, but returned to the University at the close of hostilities. In 1923 he was promoted Reader and in 1924 was admitted a member of the Senatus Academicus. He retired in 1951.He died in Sheffield, where his son Graham Malcolm Wilson (1917-1977) was Professor of Therapeutics.


He is credited with extending the scope and importance of Mycology, both as a pure science and in its applications to agriculture and forestry. His eminence in the field was marked by his election as President of the British Mycological Society. He was a particular authority in the detection and treatment of dry-rot in buildings.


  • 'Obituary', University of Edinburgh Journal, 20 (1961-62), 86.