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New York Microscopical Society Ernst Abbe Award

Brian J. Ford is one of the best-known microscopists. He has written many hundreds of papers and about twenty books on microscopy, and has made important discoveries in fields ranging from hematology and cell intelligence to protozoology and plant physiology. Professor Ford is also an authority on the development of the microscope. He discovered the original specimens sent to London by the ‘Father of Microbiology’, Antony van Leeuwenhoek, which had been lost for over 300 years, and recently (within the space of twelve months) identified two additional Leeuwenhoek microscopes that were not known to exist. Among other academic posts, he is a Fellow of Cardiff University, a former Fellow at the Open University, and was appointed Visiting Professor at Leicester University. Professor Ford was for many years a dining member at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge University, and he is President Emeritus of the prestigious Cambridge Society for the Application of Research. He was awarded the inaugural August Kölher medal of the State Microscopical Society of Illinois, and recently the Royal Microscopical Society elected him an Honorary Fellow, its highest honor. His work has been widely reported around the world, and he is a contributor to publications including Scientific American, New Scientist, Nature and Science Digest. In addition, his regular column ‘Critical Focus’ appears in The Microscope journal. He has been a consultant for Guinness World Records and Encyclopedia Britannica, and has also hosted many programs for the BBC. He presented his own weekly BBC program Science Now and has also contributed to many foreign television stations. Professor Ford is well travelled and lectures extensively overseas, having visited most countries in the world, while his 40 books have appeared in about 150 editions worldwide.