Prof. H. B. Kirk

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Two or three years before his retirement, when a bronze plaque and tablet were erected in honour of Harry Borrer Kirk, emeritus professor of biology, Victoria University College, Wellington, New Zealand, the tributes paid by different generations of his colleagues and students showed the profound affection harboured everywhere for that kindly and companionable soul. He was an inspiring friend, of an old-world cultured courtesy, quietly spoken, gently satirical on occasion, subtly humorous, but possessed of a strength of character which could make itself felt to some purpose—respecting his neighbours as he respected himself. He devoted his life to his students, and the effectiveness of his technique was mirrored by the high proportion of biology scholarships and honours won by his students year after year without intermission.

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MILLER, D. Prof. H. B. Kirk. Nature 163, 756 (1949) doi:10.1038/163756a0

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