I am British microbiologist, graduated from the University of Nottingham in botany and obtained my PhD from there in mycology and soil microbiology. After which, I went to Canada as a National Research Council of Canada postdoctoral fellow, researching aspects of environmental microbiology. After my postdoctoral fellowship, In 1975 I was appointed to the University of Sheffield. I have been awarded honorary professorships from Cardiff and Buckingham Universities in the UK, King Saud University in Saudi Arabia, and from the Megunaroden Slavjanski Institute in the Republic of Macedonia. I was also made a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society (FRAS), (2014), and a Distinguished Fellow of the Institute for the Study of Panspermia and Astroeconomics – Japan (ISPA) (2015).
My main research areas: a) astrobiology, particularly in relation to our recent research findings that microbes exist in space, and continually arriving to Earth from the cosmos, b) Alternatives to antibiotics for use against MRSA, c) the hypothesis that bacteria and other non-virus microbes cause cancer. I also research and publish on the history of Science, particularly showing that the idea of natural selection is not original to Darwin’s or Wallace’s theory. I have also written widely about the history of the discovery of penicillin and streptomycin.
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Discover my research paper highlights including the first report of Cecil George Paine’s seminal use of penicillin in medicine; first full discussion of the history of the discovery of the antibiotic streptomycin by Albert Schatz; first description of the likely use of Allied penicillin to save Hitler’s life. First ever account of the work of Sir John Goodsir, the first person to observe and cure a bacterial infection. Papers on the role of pleomorphic bacteria in the formation of human cancers. Confirmation of the presence of bacteria and fungi at 41km in the stratosphere and the first ever report of the fact that organisms are continually incoming to Earth from space.