Stanley John Hughes

Stanley John Hughes, mycologist (b at Llanelly, Wales 17 Sept 1918). A naturalized Canadian, Hughes worked as an assistant mycologist at the Commonwealth Mycological Institute in Kew, England (1945-52), and in 1952 joined Agriculture Canada in Ottawa as a research scientist. Hughes initiated a new era in the systematics of conidial fungi by focusing attention on the mechanisms of spore ontogeny. He has also contributed an elegant taxonomic analysis of the "sooty-mold" complex. He has received several honours including the Jakob Eriksson Gold Medal of the Swedish Academy of Science (1969) and the George Lawson Medal of the Canadian Botanical Association (1981). In 1975 he was president of the Mycological Society of America, and from 1971 to 1983 vice-president of the International Mycological Association. Since then he has been honorary research associate, at the Biosystemics Research Centre of Central Experimental Farm, and in 1986 he was elected a foreign member of the Linnean Society of London.