Geoff Howlett Obituary, Death – The Bio21 Molecular Science and Biotechnology Institute would like to extend our most heartfelt sympathies to Professor Geoff Howlett’s family and friends on the passing of their family member and friend. The passing of Professor Geoff Howlett occurred during the past weekend. Geoff was a group leader in what was then called the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at what is now known as The University of Melbourne. This department is now known as the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. In 2005, shortly after the opening of the David Penington building, his company became one of the earliest members of Bio21.
Even after he had formally retired in 2013, he continued to interact with the researchers working at Bio21 in the status of a “honorary guest,” which allowed him to continue having conversations with them. At the national level, Geoff was a pioneer in the use of analytical ultracentrifugation to the investigation of the interactions between macromolecules. Geoff is shown here in his natural environment, performing his favorite musical instrument for the camera. He created a number of working ties with people who were willing to make use of this apparatus in order to examine the various molecular weights and heterogeneity of protein complexes and proteins.
These people were ready to make use of the equipment because they wanted to learn more about the subject. One of Geoff’s legacies is the people that he trained, many of whom have gone on to have successful careers of their own. Some of these individuals include Cait MacPhee CBE (University of Edinburgh), Mike Griffin (Bio21), Matt Perugini, (La Trobe University), Ben Atcliffe (University of South Australia), Danny Hatters (Bio21), Cameron Stewart (CSIRO), and Katrina Binger (La Trobe University).
Those of us who had the privilege of working with Geoff during his time at Bio21 remember him as the quintessential example of a gentleman scientist. He was always kind and professional. When we think about Geoff, our hearts fill with such warmth, and we are so appreciative of all of the accomplishments that he has made to Bio21, the University, and the area of biochemical science.