Leslie John Audus, (11/12/1911 – 5/5/2011).
MA (Cantab), PhD; educated at Soham Grammar School; Exhibitioner, Downing College, Cambridge, 1929–31; Frank Smart University Student in Botany, at Cambridge, 1934–35.
Lecturer in Botany, University Coll., Cardiff, 1935–40; Flt Lt RAFVR 1940-46; prisoner of Japanese 1942-45; Scientific Officer, Agricultural Research Council’s Unit of Soil Metabolism, Cardiff, 1946–47; Monsanto Lecturer in Plant Physiology, University College, Cardiff, 1948.
Hildred Carlile Professor of Botany, Bedford College, University of London, 1948–79; researched the hormonal control of root growth, geotropism, and other topics; Recorder, 1961–65, and President 1967–68, Section K, British Association for the Advancement of Science; Visiting Professor of Botany, University of California, Berkeley, 1958 and University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, 1965.
Vice-President, Linnean Society of London, 1959–60 and Honorary Fellow 1995: Life Member, New York Academy of Sciences, 1961; Editor, Journal of Experimental Botany, 1965–74; Professor Emeritus, Bedford College.
In 1938 he married Dr Rowena M Ferguson (d. 1987), a fellow Cambridge PG student of Prof F F Blackman. They had two daughters.
For an account of his heroic service while a prisoner of war in Indonesia where his skills as a botanist enabled him to save lives and the eyesight of many men, see http://www.sohamgrammar.org.uk/audusLJ.htm