Amateur microscopist during wartime

By E. Kelly Maxwell, B.A.

If you visited the Reading Convention in 2014 or 2017, you will have seen the collection of dried specimens of Mycetozoa (slime moulds) that Chris Millward exhibited. The collection belonged to Quekett member E. Kelly Maxwell, who sent specimens home while he was serving in France during the First World War. He wrote a paper for the Journal describing how he built a microscope, met a nature-loving sergeant-major, and showed diatoms and rotifers to the local people.

Journal of the Quekett Microscopical Club 1919, 20, 63–72 (series 2, vol. XIV, no. 85)

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