Professor WV (Bill) Shaw

Posted by ep273 at Aug 03, 2018 04:20 PM |
It is with great sadness that we report the death of Professor WV Shaw on 31 July 2018.

Bill Shaw joined the Department of Biochemistry in 1974 and over a period of almost 30 years played a major role in guiding the department towards international recognition as a centre of excellence for both research and teaching.  Together with Prof Bill Brammar, the ‘two Bills’ led the Department through much of the 1980s and 90s and were crucial in it gaining research reputations for its work in a number of areas of biochemistry, most notably in the application of biophysical methodologies, such as NMR, rapid kinetic methods and X-ray crystallography, to biology.

As well as being an exceptional academic biochemist, Bill was also medically qualified and in his early days of clinical practice in America had witnessed first-hand the amazing curative properties of antibiotics.  Given these profound earlier experiences it was perhaps not surprising that Bill dedicated much of his scientific career to understanding the molecular basis of antimicrobial resistance and the rational design of new antimicrobial agents. His research led him to found a biotech company (Pantherix), around the time of his retirement (in 1998) from the University.

Professor Bill Shaw was a great servant of the University of Leicester who had the vision and drive to initiate and grow new research areas that established biochemistry as a key strength of the University’s research portfolio and planted the initial research seeds for establishing the Henry Wellcome Laboratories of Structural Biology, and more recently the Leicester Institute of Structural and Chemical Biology (LISCB).

He will be very sadly missed by former colleagues who remember him with great affection.

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