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Dr R.S. Callow
Dr Robert Callow

R.S. Callow, B.Sc., Ph.D.

Robert Callow graduated from London University with first class honours in Botany in 1971. He was awarded the Ph.D. degree for his thesis on the rare Somerset grass Koeleria vallesiana. He was a lecturer at Manchester University for almost thirty years (1974-2003) and a tutor with the Open University for nine (1992-2000). He appeared on the Channel 4 series “Six experiments that changed the world”. His research publications have been mainly concerned with chromosomal evolution in plants but he has taught plant ecology on numerous fieldcourses, both in the Mediterranean and in Britain. He has also led botanical holidays for the tour-company Cox and Kings. He is author, with Dr L.M. Cook, of Genetic and Evolutionary Diversity (Stanley-Thornes, 1999). Since taking early retirement in 2003, he has provided training courses for Aberdeen County Council, Agri-Biotech Ltd and the Field Studies Council. He has also presented courses on an independent basis for those with enquiring minds, particularly in the fields of genetics and evolution.