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2338, NH/14
Natural Heroes

Speaker: Hering, Thomas F., 1935 - 0, Interviewee, Male, Retired micologist
Speaker: Fletcher, A., Interviewer, Male

Summary of interview item: Recalls early interest in biology at schools and mentions various notable names encountered. Mentions disrupted family life and grandfather was famous scientist. Studied botany at Cambridge and completed PhD in Violet root rot. Talks about first job at Nature Conservancy in Lake District and final job as Plant Pathology lecturer at University of Nottingham. Mentions Fungus Study Group (FSG) briefly. Talks about six month sabbatical at Washington State University where published on pithiums in soil. Briefly mentions identifying fungi in Lake District. Attended Yorkshire Naturalists Union fungus forays and was convener for a number of years. States fungi are favourite and mentions becoming national expert for Caffarella. Briefly mentions pros and cons of illustration and photography for publication. Explains how keeps records in field and specimen books which go back to 1974 some of which are on national and local databases. Briefly reflects on teaching micology and major influences were Prof. Gowitt and Noel Robertson. Describes finding new genus of toadstool.
Place of birth: London
Education: Cambridge University
Marital Status: Married, Children: 2
Father's Occupation:
Mother's Occupation:
Location: County: Derbyshire
Location: Town/Place: Derby
Periods Covered: 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s

Recording Date: 21/9/2007
Playing time: 45 mins, 20 secs
Access Restrictions: Full Consent Item Copyright: LCC
Summary: Yes
Transcription: No
Copies: Yes
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