My father, John Mitchell, who has died aged 75, was the founding father of Carbohydrate Polymers, a scientific journal which grew from humble roots to turn out to be one of many writer Elsevier’s lead journals. John recognised the necessity for this much-needed outlet for analysis into polysaccharide science – the department of meals expertise targeted on the carbohydrates discovered most frequently in vegetation, algae and micro-organisms
Born in north London, the son of Albert Mitchell, who was accountable for common election campaigns for the Conservative social gathering, and Marjorie (nee Woodcock), a homemaker, John attended the Haberdasher’s Aske’s faculty for boys, adopted by Newcastle College, the place he learn physics. He married a fellow scholar, Susan Simpson, in 1967 and so they raised three youngsters. They divorced in 1988.
John’s first job was at Unilever, the place he performed a key function in growing the components for Quavers crisps. At Unilever, he found a deep curiosity in meals expertise and left to check for his PhD at Nottingham College in 1970.
At Nottingham, John was appointed a lecturer, reader and in 1993 professor of meals expertise, latterly emeritus. Described by his colleague Christopher Gregson as “the Patrick Moore of the meals supplies science world”, John was an enticing instructor. Undergraduates relished lectures as John walked throughout the dais with, say, one foot caught in a wastepaper bin, or making an attempt in useless to place his arms within the pockets of his inside-out lab-coat. Earlier than his inaugural lecture, colleagues needed to connect a number of security pins to cease his educational robe from falling off.
In 2005 he was a founding member of the European Polysaccharide Community of Excellence (EPNOE), a platform for sharing analysis and experience. In 2008 John was awarded the Meals Hydrocolloids Belief Medal, a recognition of influential data leaders within the meals materials science space. In establishing world analysis networks, John was grateful to have the ability to journey broadly and valued the robust friendships he constructed with colleagues world wide.
In 2003, he arrange his personal firm, Biopolymer Options, to supply scientific consultancy companies to producers throughout the pharmaceutical, biomaterials and substances sectors. John loved serving to each small and huge corporations. He used his data to create merchandise starting from novel breakfast cereals to gelled pet meals.
A real polymath, John performed chess for London and Hertfordshire and later for Leicestershire. He was an lively member of Loughborough Chess Membership for 50 years and was dedicated to serving to the event of junior chess gamers. He beloved music, enjoying the piano and clarinet, and travelling broadly together with his second spouse, Margaret (nee Hill), whom he married in 1993. He knew every little thing about politics and economics. A sort and beneficiant man, with a robust social conscience, he all the time went out of his manner to assist folks.
He’s survived by Margaret, his youngsters, Hugh, Rose and me, and his granddaughters, Tess and Juliette.