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Sinclair Hugh Mantell

Sinclair Hugh Mantell, British science educator. Achievements include first to First successful genetic transformation of tropical yams; research in Plant Tissue Culture and Plant Propagation; development of Successful approaches to micrografting in several important tropical and temperate trees; Trained 250 professionals in plant tissue culture technologies.

Background

  • Mantell, Sinclair Hugh was born on April 21, 1949 in Oxford, England. Son of Hugh Alton Mantell and Ethel Mina Adamson.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science in Botany, University Bristol, England, 1970. Master of Science in Plank Pathology, Imperial College, London, 1971. Diploma in Biological Sciences (honorary), Imperial College, London, 1971.

      Diploma in Tropical Agriculture, U.W.I., Trinidad, 1972. Doctor of Philosophy in tropical horticulture, University Würzburg.I., Trinidad, 1978.

    Career

    • Plant pathologist-horticulturist Ministry of Overseas Development, London, 1973—1979. Research associate University of Leicester, England, 1980—1983. New blood lecturer in horticulture University of London, Wye College, 1983—1986, senior lecturer in horticulture, 1986—1992, reader in horticulture, 1992—1999, professor of plant propagation science.

      Chief consultant in propagation and plant tissue culture Nakhlatec International Horticulture Advisors, Fågelmara, Blekinge, Sweden, since 2000. Senior science advisor in forestry and agroforestry International Foundation for Science, Stockholm, since 1995. Associate editor Journal of Horticulture and Biotechnology, Ashford, Kent, England, 1986—1996.

      Project director in date palm tissue culture Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Muscat, Oman, 1993—1999. Consultant in plant biotechnology Shell International United Kingdom Ltd., Sittingborne, Kent, 1985—1989.

    Major achievements

    • Achievements include first to First successful genetic transformation of tropical yams. Research in Plant Tissue Culture and Plant Propagation. Development of Successful approaches to micrografting in several important tropical and temperate trees.

      Trained 250 professionals in plant tissue culture technologies.

    Politics

    Party affiliation: Green Party

    Religion

    Denomination: Roman Catholic

    Membership

    Committee member Parent Teachers Association Brook Primary School, Ashford, 1994—1998. Board directors Tropical Agriculture Association, London, 1985—1989. Member science and grants committee International Foundation for Science, Stockholm, 2000—2003.

    Member sub-committee in biotechnology University of London, 1984—1987. Fellow: Institute of Horticulture (honorary).

    Personality

    Interests

    Squash, tennis, children and family, playing and composing music, sailing.

    Connections

    • Life partner Cecilia Ann Märtha Trägårdh. Married Pauline Margaret Ashmore, June 17, 1949 (divorced November 16, 2000). Children: Kieran Thomas Mantell-Trägårdh, Mina Mantell-Trägårdh children: Joseph Sinclair, Katie Margaret, Nicholas Iain, Anna Elizabeth, Oliver Paul Longland, Nathalie Mantell-Trägårdh.
    • father: Hugh Alton Mantell
    • mother: Ethel Mina Adamson
    • spouse: Pauline Margaret Ashmore
    • children: Kieran Thomas Mantell-Trägårdh Mantell
    • Mina Mantell-Trägårdh children: Joseph Sinclair Mantell
    • Katie Margaret Mantell
    • Nicholas Iain Mantell
    • Anna Elizabeth Mantell
    • Oliver Paul Longland Mantell
    • Nathalie Mantell-Trägårdh Mantell
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    Born April 21, 1949
    (age 68)
    Nationality
    • 1970
      University Bristol
    • 1971
      Imperial College
    • 1971
      Imperial College
    • 1972
      U.W.I.
    • 1978
      University West Indies
    • 1973 - 1979
      Plant pathologist-horticulturist Ministry of Overseas Development
      London, Mpumalanga, South Africa
    • 1980 - 1983
      research associate, University of Leicester
      England, Arkansas, United States
    • 1983 - 1986
      new blood lecturer, in horticulture University of London
    • 1992 - 1999
      new blood lecturer, in horticulture University of London
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