Quentin Bone FRS
It is with sadness that we bring the news that Dr Quentin Bone died peacefully at home on 6 July 2021 aged 89. Quentin obtained his PhD from Magdalen College Oxford, carrying out much of that research at the MBA. Indeed, he was associated with the MBA for most of his scientific career, also spending consierable amounts of time at the Stazione Zoologica in Naples and the Observatoire Oceaonologique de Villefranche. Quentin pioneered the application of electron microscopy to marine organisms and he had an outstanding gift of being able to combine anatomical, phyisiological and histological studies to a wide range of marine organisms in order to understand structure-function relations, many with important general biological and ecological implications. His studies on fish muscle were the first to identify and ascribe roles to their different muscle fibre types. His studies on the filter mesh of pelagic tunicates were the first to point to an important role in the capture of the smallest plankton sizes with important implications for ocean carbon and nutrient cycling. Quentin was instrumental in the establishment of an electron microscopy facility at the MBA in the 1970s, one of the first marine labs worldwide to have such a facility. Amongst his numerous honours, he was elected to the Royal Society in1984 and was awarded the Zoological Medal of the Linnean Society in 1999 and the Frink Medal of the Zoological Society in 2003.
Those who knew Quentin would agree that he was a hugely interesting and stimulating character. The son and grandson of famous artists, he had himself great artistic talent and would often spend time in meetings appearing to draw idly in his notebook while, of course, paying full attention to proceedings. He would regularly cycle into the lab from his home in Plymstock, wearing his trademark tennis plimsolls and pale blue trousers, though he would also occasionally appear wearing a formal suit and tie, attire associated with his role as a Plymouth Justice of the Peace.
Conversations with Quentin were never dull and it was even rumoured that he would consult the dictionary before joining colleagues for coffee so that he may introduce at least one word into the conversation that no one had ever heard before. Despite his teasing, Quentin always had time for discussions of science with younger researchers. He was a great mentor and a source of inspiration to myself and many others who have worked at the MBA and more widely. He will be greatly missed.