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Professor Alan Roberts


After a first degree in Zoology from Trinity College Cambridge where my hero was Hans Lissmann, I spent from 1963 to 1967 doing a Ph.D. on crayfish escape behaviour with Ted Bullock first in Zoology at University of California, Los Angeles and then for one year at the Scripps Institute La Jolla, at University of California, San Diego. In 1967 I returned to the UK as a Research Fellow in the Department of Zoology, University of Bristol where I worked with Brian Bush on Crab muscle receptors without impulses and started experiments on Xenopus tadpoles. On sabbatical in 1978 I worked briefly on escape behaviour of crayfish with Frank Krasne at Psychology, UCLA and of the jellyfish Aglantha with George Mackie at the Friday Harbor Labs of the University of Washington. I was appointed to a Lectureship in Bristol in 1970 and to a Personal Chair in 1991. In 2016 I was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society.