In memoriam: Alan Turner, Prof of Vertebrate Palaeontology
23 January 2012
LJMU colleagues and students were greatly saddened to learn of the death at the weekend of Alan Turner, following a period of illness.
Alan, one of the more notable academic characters in the School of Natural Sciences and Psychology, joined LJMU in 1995 from the University of Liverpool, having previously held the position of Senior Curator at the Transvaal Museum in South Africa.
As a palaeontologist and paleoanthropologist, Alan was a recognised world authority on the evolution of the mammalian faunas, particularly carnivores and humans, of Africa and Europe. In addition to an extensive body of scientific publications, for which he was awarded a DSc by Sheffield University in 2001, Alan also bought his subject alive to a wider audience through popular books such as Evolving Eden and Big Cats and Their Fossil Relatives.
Alan will be greatly missed by both students and staff, for many of whom he was a valued mentor, not least for his mischievous sense of humour and impromptu guitar playing.
Alan's funeral is taking place on Monday 30 January, 3.00pm at Chester Crematorium, Blacon Avenue, Chester, CH1 5BB, followed by a buffet at Alan's local pub, The Sandstone in Broxton. Rather than flowers, donations to Cancer Research UK are requested.