oa Southern African Journal of Epidemiology and Infection - Professor Schoub : reminiscences on the occasion of his retirement : Festschrift

Volume 26, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1015-8782
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1084



It was a momentous occasion when Barry Schoub joined our newly established Department of Medical Virology in Pretoria in August 1975 as Principal Specialist. Having just escaped the most intensive but hardly tender mentorship of the legendary Prof Jack Coetzee, I was starry-eyed when given the opportunity to develop my own "scientific playground". Then Barry came like a gift from heaven (with aiding and abetting by Prof Hendrik Koornhof). I had been able to recruit that most able electron microscopist, Mike Lecatsas, from Onderstepoort, and we built up our own instrument from a box of parts sold to us at a ridiculous price by the Electron Microscopy Unit at Wits. The rotavirus story had just broken and we charged into the field with the greatest enthusiasm.

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