Odds and quads

September 1, 2011

These hair samples may look as if they come from the collection of a serial killer, but they were prepared by one of the major figures in the development of the University of Dundee's renowned programme of life science research.

Robert Percival Cook (1906-89), an Australian academic who had previously worked at the universities of London and Cambridge, joined Dundee's physiology department in 1940.

He soon developed a strong focus on biochemistry, eventually becoming head of a separate biochemistry department in 1966 and the university's first professor of biochemistry in 1972.

Professor Cook made his name with important research on cholesterol, some of which involved force-feeding himself with omelettes.

He later turned his attention to colour and created these hair samples for use in teaching.

Carnoustie is a small town near Dundee that is most famous for its golf course. Cook's samples suggest that it was also noteworthy as a source of red hair.

The display now forms part of the University of Dundee Museum Collections, along with other examples of Cook's work.

You've reached your article limit.

Register to continue

Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 3 articles each month, plus:

  • Sign up for the editor's highlights
  • Receive World University Rankings news first
  • Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
  • Participate in reader discussions and post comments
Register

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments

Most Commented

James Fryer illustration (27 July 2017)

It is not Luddism to be cautious about destroying an academic publishing industry that has served us well, says Marilyn Deegan

Jeffrey Beall, associate professor and librarian at the University of Colorado Denver

Creator of controversial predatory journals blacklist says some peers are failing to warn of dangers of disreputable publishers

Kayaker and jet skiiers

Nazima Kadir’s social circle reveals a range of alternative careers for would-be scholars, and often with better rewards than academia

Hand squeezing stress ball
Working 55 hours per week, the loss of research periods, slashed pensions, increased bureaucracy, tiny budgets and declining standards have finally forced Michael Edwards out
hole in ground

‘Drastic action’ required to fix multibillion-pound shortfall in Universities Superannuation Scheme, expert warns