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Dr Anthony Whyte (died on 27 October 2018, aged 67)

Obituary kindly provided by Anthony’s daughter, Antonia

The Belfast-born Pathologist who died suddenly at his home in Cambridge has been remembered as a brilliant academic, loving husband and father.

Dr Anthony Whyte moved to Cambridge following his medical training at Queen’s University, Belfast, where he achieved a BSc in Zoology with a major in Parasitology. The latter was a subject that had fascinated him since his early days and resulted in his first published paper whist he was still an undergraduate (he published a further three before graduation).

Anthony was an avid collector of microscopes, slides and antiques, which took over his house in Cambridge (his collection of slides amounted to 2500!). The Postal Microscopical Society (founded in 1873) supplied slides by post for members to circulate and Anthony became its youngest ever member since founding!

At Cambridge, he studied for a PhD in Pathology and also received a Doctor of Science (ScD) degree for his published work in this field. Please follow this link to see his work

During this time, he sat exams for the Royal College of Pathologists, which then led him to become a fellow. Other fellowships of his include the Linnean Society of London and the Cambridge Philosophical. He was a senior member of Robinson College and St John’s, College Cambridge.

In his later years, Anthony taught at the Department of Pathology at Cambridge University. His passion was to share his knowledge and inspire his students who were all extremely fond of him. He lectured on a range of topics which included – diseases of pregnancy, parasites, immunology and pathology.

Anthony and his loving wife, Lin, loved travelling, one of Anthony’s favourite places was Madeira. Belfast was another special place to him, he used to enjoy going back to Northern Ireland, walking in the Mournes and was very fond of Castleward. But his ultimate pride and joy were his children, the twins – Antonia and Jonathon (aged 26). Dr Whyte's daughter Antonia also paid an emotional tribute online, saying his death had come as a "complete shock" to the family and that although the pain was "unbearable", it had given her the strength to make him proud.

"My dad is the most intelligent person I ever had the pleasure of knowing... I will forever be in awe of your knowledge, intelligence and your loving, humorous nature," she said.

"He loved helping and inspiring his students and continuing his research in his fields of study. He has written many academic journals which have been cited over 1,500 times, and will continue to be cited for years to come."

Antonia has set up a GoFundMe account with the aim of raising £3,000 for the Alzheimer's Society - a charity close to her dad and the family after his mother passed away from the disease.

Dr Anthony Whyte will forever be in our hearts and may he rest in perfect peace.

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