Obituaries. Professor Humphrey Kay

Professor Humphrey Kay (1923-2009) has died aged 86. Professor Humphrey Kay was an inspirational pioneer in the treatment of leukaemia and responsible for transforming the way doctors dealt with the disease.

"On retirement from the medical world he effectively began a second career – as a naturalist – inspired by his childhood love of wildlife and the environment. It wasn't long before he made a name for himself in this field too.

"His colleagues recall that, even though he came to it late, Kay was a born naturalist with an enthusiastic, inquiring mind and a keen eye. He became an active member of the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust and was elected to its council in 1983.

"One of the trust's most valuable fund-raising activities arose from his simple but original idea of a sponsored walk from Avebury to Stonehenge each May Day holiday. He would also take groups of Marlborough College boys on excursions into nearby Savernake Forest, organising moth trapping surveys at night."

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