Glyn W. Humphreys

1954 - 2016

The Department of Experimental Psychology and Wolfson College have come together to create a new Graduate Scholarship in memory of Glyn Humphreys. More information on the Wolfson College website

The BNS is holding a meeting in memory of Glyn in London on 26 October 2016. More details on their site

Glyn Humphreys died suddenly on 14th January 2016.

Glyn will be remembered by many as a giant of psychology, cognition, attention, neuropsychology and more. Much will be written about his contributions to understanding stroke or cognition. What made him special, however, was his kind nature and his ability to support and believe in his people.

This is a place for everyone who knew Glyn to share our memories of him and through this to help celebrate his life.

If you would like to contribute please send your post to Nele Demeyere, .

Paul Matthews

Imperial College

Glyn was taken from us decades too soon. He was a quietly inspiring teacher, effective leader in Birmingham and Oxford and influential figure nationally as he led the UoA4 assessments for REF2014. I – and so many others- will miss his clear vision and calm guidance.

25 June 2016

Ayla Barutchu

University of Oxford

For me it has been extraordinarily difficult to find the right words – so many drafts and still nothing feels right. The heart felt warmth of this memorial page and the speeches on his memorial day at Wolfson College epitomise Glyn – his love and drive for research and academia, his brilliant intellect and insight that has led to many accolades, his pure altruism, and, above all, the love he had for his family to whom I extend my sincerest condolences.

I was a new (relatively naïve) graduate with an ambitious project painfully enduring funding rejections, when I first, very nervously, emailed Glyn. To my surprise, I received a response within hours – I was beside myself, jumping with joy. Glyn gave me the spark I needed to persevere - eventually we did it!

Thank you Glyn for giving me a chance to live a dream. By standing on your shoulders I have seen much much further. The kindness and compassion you have shown to me and my family has been a pillar of strength and has given me the courage to migrate and embark on this wonderful journey. Your respectful attitude for other’s ideas with gentle nudges to steer and guide where needed, tolerance, patience, and ability to forgive and start afresh each day, has inspired me to be a better person. You have shown me the ways of a mentor that excels beyond expectation and the call of duty.

Our journey has ended much sooner than we both anticipated, but I will endeavour to persevere and finish what we started.

3 June 2016

Laura Ann Petitto

NSF Science of Learning Center, Gallaudet University, Washington, D.C.

Dear Glyn: On Thursday night, January 14, 2016, while visiting the University of Hong Kong myself, I looked forward to seeing you the next day, Friday January 15, for a brief meeting prior to your return to England. But on that Friday morning, our HKU community learned of your sudden and untimely death. There are no words to convey the stunned loss that we felt—that I felt to the core. Your contributions to science were enormous and will not be forgotten. Your contributions to us, the many researchers in the field who had the good fortune to know you, will not be forgotten. Yet your kind, sincerely caring, and gentle manner will be among the most enduring memories of all. You are respected and admired, and this shall not fade. My thanks to you for your support over the years will endure.

15 February 2016

Florence Enock

University of Oxford

Glyn was a truly inspirational psychologist and his passion for his work was clear by the way he could always do so much at once, always with energy and enthusiasm. What always struck me most about him, though, was his kind and giving nature that extended to everyone who was lucky enough to interact with him, regardless of status. He made time for everyone and he had an amazing talent for guiding others to realise their own potential and cultivating in each individual hard work, confidence and self-belief. Just a few words, along with his kind and reassuring smile, were enough to dispel self-doubt. I feel incredibly lucky to have had Glyn as my PhD supervisor for the past two years, he taught me so much and his advice and guidance will stay with me throughout my entire career.

It has been several weeks since Glyn’s tragic passing and the magnitude of how much he is missed becomes greater each day. So many people around the department seem to have a story of how kind he was to them or how he’d gone out of his way to help when he didn’t have to, even those who didn’t know him very well. As we in his lab try to get used to life without him as our mentor I think it becomes more apparent just how much he did for all of us and how completely irreplaceable he will always be. He is greatly missed both on a personal and professional level and I will always be grateful that I had the opportunity to have known and worked with such an incredible man. Glyn will continue to inspire me not only to be a better researcher but also to be a better person as well. My deepest thoughts and sympathies remain with his wife and family.

15 February 2016

Michel Denis

French National Committee of Scientific Psychology (Academy of Sciences)

The untimely passing of Glyn Humphreys has elicited great emotion in the French community of cognitive psychologists. Several of them have already contributed to this memorial by messages referring to their personal experiences with Glyn. Let me mention that Glyn was perceived as one of the most prominent cognitive scientists and neuropsychologists of our times by French psychologists. Even those who had not had a personal contact with him were highly influenced by his inspiring approach to key issues of human cognition. We respectfully pay tribute to the memory of a great scientist and a gentleman.

13 February 2016

Snehlata Jaswal

I am shocked and saddened by the sudden demise of Prof. Humphreys. I knew his work long before I met him at an EPS conference, and realized what a great person this exceptional scientist was!

I work on feature binding, and he was a constant source of inspiration, ideas, and support to me. Although I was not his student, with a smile on his face and twinkle in his eyes, he would patiently listen, and point me to the right track. The interest he showed in my work left me feeling special every time I had a conversation with him.

I cherish my brief meetings with him, and always remember his generosity and sagacity. May his soul rest in peace. My heartfelt condolences to Prof. Riddoch and all members of the family.

8 February 2016

Hayley Wright

Coventry University (University of Birmingham, 2006-2011)

I have been holding off from writing something for this page until the news of Glyn’s passing had sunk in. I’ve come to realise that it will probably never sink in, but I can’t let any more days go by without paying my sincere respects to such a great man.

Like many others who have posted their memories on here, Glyn gave me so many opportunities as a struggling postgraduate researcher. He found paid work for me when my PhD funding ran out, and had a very clever and very subtle way of steering me onto my own path of becoming an independent researcher.

Glyn and Jane supervised my PhD at Birmingham, and were probably as surprised as I was when I actually made it through my viva! I made a lot of silly mistakes in my work, and asked a fair few silly questions, but Glyn never made me feel small. I was often bewildered at his unwavering level of patience – even when it was clear that he had so many other things to do. “Busy!” was always his answer when I asked how he was, and I came to realise just how many projects, papers, ideas, and lives he was interconnected with. Without explicitly trying to, he taught me that we can always make room for one more person, one more paper, one more project.

Recently I won my first little bit of funding, with Glyn and Nele as collaborators. I was so proud to be working with Glyn again, and I only hope that I can do him proud in his physical absence. Only the other day I was struggling to understand my analysis, and I could hear his voice say: “collect more data!” I will never forget Glyn’s humility and patience, and the opportunities he gave me. He changed the course of my life and career, and I will be forever grateful for that.

I would like to extend my sincere condolences to Jane, Katie, and the rest of the family. There are so few words of comfort that can be said at such a sad time.

Rest in peace, Professor Humphreys.

3 February 2016

Clea Desebrock

University of Oxford

Glyn was and will remain one of the most important and influential people in my professional life and beyond, and I will always be grateful for his encouragement and support.

He was a truly brilliant mentor, with an extraordinary talent for building the confidence of all who worked with him - cleverly and subtly guiding us in a way that slowly became clear as our self-belief and confidence in our autonomy and own vision grew. He never clipped wings. He was always open to fresh ideas even if they came in novice packaging and was never patronising. He seemed to have the rare gift of really seeing people: never passing over those who did not shout the loudest; focusing on what really mattered - what people could offer the field of research.

Also incredible given his crowded schedule, was that he was always available to be consulted by his students. Yet he never micro-managed, always trusting in his people to make the right decisions, bringing out the best in everyone.

Glyn was such an important person in so many ways for so many people. His sudden passing is a great tragedy and he will be missed terribly. My thoughts and deepest sympathies are with his family and friends

3 February 2016

Chetwyn Chan

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

I was shocked by the saddened news that Glyn had left us on 14 January 2016. It’s really unbelievable as I had a meeting with him and Jane on 11 January. At the meeting, we were rounding up a paper and talking about the schedule of his visits to my laboratory in 2016 and 2017. Glyn’s pass away is a big loss to all of us who attempt to bridge science with clinical applications for benefiting post-stroke rehabilitation. Glyn was a great scientist, researcher and teacher. We are in-debt to his great contributions to enriching the knowledge of attentional deficits among post-stroke patients. His development of the Oxford Cognitive Screen fills the gap of specific assessment of cognitive deficits for post-stroke patients. We will continue Glyn’s endeavors so that more people can be benefited from his work.

Glyn will be forever remembered. My deepest condolences to Jane, and their family.

31 January 2016

Karina Linnell

Goldsmiths, University of London

No, it cannot be true and, after all, it is not true: such a force for good and for enlightenment cannot die.

Glyn, we are a multitude around the world who love you - and ever will - and who will do our best to follow your example in fostering the next generation and promoting excellence wherever it occurs, also hopefully here on your ‘home turf’.

Pray your spirit may continue to preside over us as the wise and, above all, fair referee you have always been of our ‘game’.

30 January 2016

Pedro Montoro

UNED, Madrid, Spain

When I wrote the acknowledgements section of my doctoral dissertation in 2008, I dedicated a special paragraph to my admired Glyn. Now, I would like to repeat that words as a tribute to an unforgettable person:

“My short stay at Birmingham University was like a whole life compressed into three and a half months. Thanks a lot, Glyn, for showing me that the greatest scientist who I have ever known is just the more modest, kindest and friendly one.”

Thank you much, Glyn. My deepest, heartfelt condolences to Jane, and the rest of the family.

28 January 2016

Dawn Francis

Postdoc researcher with Glyn at the University of Birmingham 1999-2003

I have held back from contributing to this page until now, partly through complete disbelief at what has happened and partly because it was so hard to add to the wonderful things that have already been written. In the end I decided to share two stories that to me encapsulate Glyn’s ‘essence’ and illustrate aspects of his personality that never ceased to amaze me.

Glyn could take a joke as well as anyone I’ve ever known. Professor of understatement as well as psychology, he might not have always laughed out loud but you could certainly tell when he was amused. I once went to his office full of pride and announced I’d had a paper accepted for publication. His (very typical) response was ‘So when are you submitting the next one?’ More than slightly put out at the lack of congratulations I joked ‘Glyn, do you know something, you are a bad psychologist!’. Without a beat he replied ‘Oh yes, and why is that then?’, to which I replied ‘You never give positive reinforcement for good behaviour, you just ask for more!’ That infamous twinkle in his eyes and the slightest of smiles told me that far from being offended he had appreciated the joke.

Glyn’s great humility was something else that was striking. I once discovered a paper on an unusual reading disorder and took it to Glyn to discuss it. He hadn’t read it and asked me to outline it to him. When I’d finished he said ‘You know, I once saw something like that in a patient some years ago but at the time I didn’t put too much weight on it and dismissed it as a quirk. Now it seems I was wrong’. I couldn’t quite believe my ears, he didn’t need to tell me that, and it taught me that the greatest of intellects belong to the people who realize there is always more to learn. Although I now work in dyslexia assessment and remediation rather than academia, I remember this whenever my confidence drops and it never fails to get me back on track.

So that was Glyn as I saw him, the brilliant professor who could be teased by people far below him, who had no need to grandstand or pull rank and use his position because he was not in academia for the status. He did what he did for its own sake, and all else was irrelevant. I cannot express enough sympathy to Jane (who was my PhD supervisor) and the family, and Glyn, wherever you are, I hope there’s a lab, an office carpeted with journal papers, and an unending supply of Sainburys diet coke.

27 January 2016

Georgia Stratakou

"Dear Professor Humphreys", this is how i always started my emails to him, this was the way i was always talking to him. I was saddened by the news, it's hard to accept the content of the reply to my email. I owe him so much, he was one of the most brightest paths I have ever chosen to walk. I remember when I started as a postgraduate student in Birmingham, when I chose topic and supervisor for my first research placement. I was so nervous I had a meeting with someone like him, i was preparing my words to explain my thoughts. But there was no reason to be so nervous as a realised that he was a genuinely gentle person, positive, friendly, helpful and open minded. I will always remember him also for his hospitality and his great manners. I feel honored I have worked with him, he showed me how to think and act in a 'cognitively' way, he supported with his patience and his Socratic way of thinking not only my other research placements but also the beginning of my phd experience, my pregnancy while we were working on the phd research project ("oh, that's great news!") and my career in my private practice in Greece. Whenever I would lose track, he was there, he never gave solutions but he had his own way of helping find the solutions. He believed in all of his students and this was reflected to every each of us, an academic father for all of us...I feel happy that I had the chance not only to meet him, to learn from him, to work with him and in my last trip, to find him happy in the University of Oxford. I, we, will always remember him because he lives with us, he is always around us and memories will comfort us..

My thoughts, sympathy and heartfelt condolences to his great wife Jane Riddoch and to the rest of the family.

21 January 2016

Cristina Romani

Aston University

I could express my admiration for Glyn the scientist or for Glyn the Head of School. I carried out a post-doc with Glyn and I was, after that, a lecturer when he was head of School. I saw all of that, clearly, together with many others, but others can perhaps express this admiration better than me. What I want to do is to express my admiration for how Glyn combined these qualities with rare humanity. In a world where there are still many prejudices, in terms of race or gender, it was clear that Glyn had none. And in a world of deadlines, targets and productivity measures, it was clear that Glyn put kindness and compassion first. This was obvious in the way he treated the patients coming to the lab, but it was also demonstrated when he allowed me to spend a lot of time in Italy to be close to my father who was dying of cancer. Not many people would have done that. This is just one of the many things for which I am grateful to Glyn for. This is why for me he was and still is an example of humanity over and above a fantastic scientist.

21 January 2016

Hayfaa Majied Alansari

University of Birmingham/ and PAAET- Kuwait

I had the privilege to develop my PhD with the supervision of this brilliant scientist, but to my great sorrow this journey won’t be completed with his dear presence. Professor Humphreys placed me in his blossoming research, took me to his laboratory, embraced me with his generous nature and helped me expanding my path in social cognition research. From the day I met Professor Humphreys 5 years ago until before few days, he constantly offered his support and capabilities to help me grow.

My story with Professor Humphreys is a combination of all the words emanating from the heart of everyone said about his genuine attentive personality. Like Lilach, I was a mother of a young child in a new country, learning new area of research ’neuropsychology’ and dealing with lots of limitations. Like Saheeda, I’m used to see his soothing smile when I knock on his door for quick clarification, and like many others I owe him a lot.

I pray the God to grant Jane and their family patience and his caress of consolation.

May Glyn’s reminiscences revive inspiration in our minds

24 January 2016

Nick Reed


Sincere condolences to Glyn’s family and friends at this time. Glyn and I never crossed paths as he joined Oxford after I had departed the lab but when I was in need of some support for my research career as an alumnus of the department, he was tremendously helpful and, as many others have identified, incredibly generous with his time. My thanks for Glyn’s kindness and for the gentle positive nudge to my life that he provided.

22 January 2016

Emer Forde

GP, Poole

Like so many others I was shocked and deeply saddened to hear of Glyn's untimely death. Glyn was my PhD supervisor from 1992-1996 and we continued to work together for several years until I decided to retrain as a doctor. Glyn was a huge influence on my life and my career and I feel so fortunate to have worked with him.

I share so many of the fond memories that others have already recorded. I remember the buzz and intellectual stimulation of working in Glyn's lab; the lunchtime seminars where we bombarded each other with questions!; the excitement of international conferences that Glyn pushed us to present at; Friday nights religiously spent in Staff House; dinner parties where we talked (and danced!) into the small hours; and our trips to the Lake District. They were such fond memories for me that I took my own children to the Priestly Centre by lake Coniston last summer - almost 20 years since my first trip with Glyn's research team. Glyn's talent, energy, kindness, humility and sense of fun were at the heart of his research group and those very happy times.

I now work as a GP, but Glyn's inspiration to understand how the human brain works has remained with me. I have developed a special interest in dementia and had hoped we might work together again some day. I am also involved in training new GPs and recently attended a workshop on 'how to teach'. This started with participants being asked to tell the group about a teacher that had inspired them. My mind immediately went to Glyn and I spoke of his infectious drive and passion for his work, the personal interest he took in developing his students and the fact that he always had time despite being the busiest person in the department. Glyn nurtured people and he generously used his influence to further other people's careers. Like so many others, I feel privileged to have known him, grateful for his impact on my life and deeply saddened by his passing.

Jane was integral to his life, to his success, and to all the happy memories we have recorded about Glyn. My warmest thoughts and condolences to her at this most difficult time.

23 January 2016

Kate Woodcock

previously at the University of Birmingham, now at Queen’s University Belfast

It’s taken me a while to write this tribute because it’s so difficult to find words that would even come anywhere near to doing justice to Glyn. I was an undergraduate student studying Psychology at Birmingham while Glyn was head of school. I will always remember the lectures that he and Jane gave us, right from our first year. The lectures were of course extremely interesting but one of the things I remember thinking to myself that inspired me the most was: Glyn is head of school, and did all of this ground breaking research he is telling us about, yet he still manages to find the time to teach us mere first year students and he seems to really care about us understanding.

At the end of my undergraduate degree I remember being extremely proud when Glyn came and congratulated me personally at the pre-graduation reception, and complemented my achievement to my parents.

Just over a year later when I began my PhD, I got the fantastic opportunity to work closer with Glyn since he was one of my supervisors. My overriding memory of this time was that of being continually amazed at Glyn’s capability to always identify the most important point in any issue or data we were discussing, even when much of my PhD research wasn’t in his area. I learnt a massive amount from the way he thought about things. He was also so humble and encouraging, even when I made mistakes, he didn’t even bat an eyelid, just suggested a solution without appearing at all frustrated or disappointed. Something else that has had a very lasting impression on me from this time was Glyn’s belief in my capability. He helped give me the confidence not to feel daunted just because I hadn’t done something before and this is something that still helps me every day.

Just after starting my first postdoc position I told Glyn I wanted to apply for an outgoing Marie Curie fellowship. I said I wanted to experience working in a completely different culture that I had no previous experience of, for example somewhere in East Asia. So Glyn put me in touch with his long term collaborator Shihui Han, in China. Whilst I learned a massive amount in China, it was quite an unusual decision I made to develop a proposal completely outside of my previous experience. Glyn could have easily put me off this idea with very rational arguments but instead he was extremely supportive. His support there helped give me the confidence to go ahead, and in the end have some of the most formative experiences of my life.

Glyn’s strong support continued during the whole of the time I worked as a postdoc. He was not involved in anything on a day to day basis but I always knew that if I had a problem he could help with, he’d always be there. Even after applying for my first lectureship, Glyn was one of the first people I called for advice after being offered the job, and his advice as usual was first rate.

Reading this memorial website, the extent of Glyn’s impact on the lives of so many people is a little more concrete for everyone to see. But I don’t think it will ever be possible to know just how many lives he touched.

23 January 2016

Chris Olivers

VU Amsterdam

Overwhelming gratitude towards Glyn is what I feel. Perhaps even stronger than sadness at his moment, as reality still has not sunk in. There is not much in my career that I do not owe to Glyn, directly or indirectly – without him I would not be in science in the first place. His tremendous intellect and inspiring ideas, his humour, gentleness and modesty, his outreach to other sciences, generations, nationalities and cultures; it all combines into what one can only call real wisdom.

I have often looked in awe at the amount of work he did and the number of responsibilities he took on, frequently shaking my head. This guy cannot say no is what I thought. But if you look at all the people and stories on this page alone, why would you want to say no?

23 January 2016

Chris Code

University of Exeter

I've just seen the awful news about Glyn's death, at such a terribly early age when he was in his prime. He was a lovely guy who was great to work with. We worked together on our book series for Psycholgy Press (Brain, Behaviour & Cognition) over many years and his wisdom and extensive knowledge in neuropsychology helped us make it successful. It must be an awful shock for his family and close friends.

22 January 2016

Eun Young Yoon

Korean NeuroTraining Center

Today, I was about to email Glyn, but I was told the sad news about him. At the moment, I am in deep sorrow and I don’t know how to accept it. It’s really sad that the content of my email to him has been changed due to his loss.

Dear Glyn,
I believe you listen to me, even if you are not with us.
I am wondering whether you knew

  1. how influential in many ways you were to the people working with you,
  2. what an excellent and remarkable cognitive neuropsychologist you were,
  3. how much contribution to cognitive neuroscience you made,
  4. how kind, gentle, thoughtful, and respectable you were,
  5. how many good opportunities you provided with many people around you,
  6. what a perfect supervisor you were for my MsC, PhD and research fellowship,
  7. and when I entered into the business world, how supportive and encouraging you were. Actually you named my center in Korea.

Now I want to believe that you knew all of these things on your sudden departure. When I started MsC under your supervision, I was in the dark, but you trained and inspired me for how to grow a seed to a tree. Also you guided me to open my eyes to the world of brain. I owe so much to you and Jane as well. When I opened my center, you attended the opening ceremony and gave a talk to the Korean audience about “Diagnosing cognitive problems”. Every attendant was impressed by your talk. It was great as always. I have to say how grateful I am to you for all your generous support and help. Thank you, Glyn.

My deepest condolences to Jane, and the family.

22 January 2016

Jan K.

I was shocked and saddened to hear the terrible news about Glyn. I was first introduced to him more than 25 years ago after my husband had suffered a couple of severe strokes which had greatly affected his sight. He became one of Glyns voluntary patients and was known as GK. He would see Glyn on a weekly basis, firstly in London and later on in Birmingham. He always looked forward to his Monday sessions. Apart from the work, I believe a lot of fun and laughter went on and a good amount of teasing on both sides! On Graham's 60th Birthday a party was organised for him in the department and later we were both invited to stay with Glyn and Jane and were treated to dinner with other members of the department. We both accompanied Glyn and Jane to Neles wedding in Belgium and on several occasions when he needed to visit other psychologists abroad, Glyn would take Graham with him. I can say with all honesty that knowing him was a real life line for my late husband who found a purpose to his life once again. Later on when he became ill Glyn would visit him in hospital and re-hab and was always encouraging. I shall never forget his kindnesses to us both.

Apart from having a brilliant brain, he was a kind and gentle human being who will be greatly missed by many. A life cut short.

My deep sympathy to Jane and her family. With fond memories. Jan K.

22 January 2016

John Aggleton

Cardiff University

Can I add my name to the long, long list of people who so admired Glyn. We all gained so much from his insights, his infectious enthusiasm, and his desire to question. He always seemed to give time to everyone, though heaven knows how given all his commitments. Like everyone else, I am trying to get to grips with his sudden loss. The ultimate role model.

22 January 2016

Gemma Gray

I was so sad to hear of Glyn’s passing. I first became aware of Glyn’s work after reading his and Jane’s case studies of HJA – from reading them I decided I wanted to study neuropsychology and promptly applied for the MRes in Cognitive Neuropsychology at University of Birmingham. I stayed on to do my PhD, with Glyn as my supervisor. He was always so patient, and supportive of my work. He gave me a lot of freedom to explore in my research and always seemed confident in my abilities, even when I really wasn’t! My condolences to Jane and their family. He will be greatly missed!

21 January 2016

Sarah Houthuys

University of Birmingham, 2005, PhD

We all have fond memories with Glyn and although no story is alike they all seem to share a common feeling… the positive impact he had in our lives.

Thank you Glyn… for your time, for your patience, for the laughs and for everything you taught us.

My thoughts and heartfelt condolences to the family.

21 January 2016

Karalyn Patterson

MRC Cambridge

Of course we know that no-one lives forever
No matter how much loved or super-clever
But Glyn, you captured so much of life’s essence
It’s hard to think of it without your presence

21 January 2016

María Funes

University of Granada

It took me a while to write my first email to Glyn asking for a postdoctoral stay in his lab at Bham. My old supervisor, Juan Lupiáñez encouraged me to do that. “Apart from his incredible work, he seems such a good guy”, he said. Apart from his acceptance I needed thousands of certificates, letters of acceptance and many other documents. I thought that such a busy researcher would never have time to waste with these things. He answered the e-mail the very same day. Once at Bham it was not always easy for a foreign student couple to find a flat, or to open a bank account. Glyn offered his time and patience to explain to us what to do and where to go, and again, one hundred documents were provided. As all his students or colleagues have already said, he was an inspiration for thinking, but at the same time having a talk with him was therapeutic, blurred ideas became clear, and optimism about difficult data arose, always accompanied with good laughs.

The “bad” side of being so nice was the “calling effect”. As my colleagues and students in Granada heard about the story of such an incredible team, many of them wanted to live such an experience. Mónica Triviño, Maryem Torres-Quesada, María Rodríguez-Bailón, Julio Santiago, José Isidro Martinez also enjoyed great research and personal experiences with Glyn and the patients in the lab. All of us admire Glyn so much and thank him for his time, his kindness and for sharing with us part of his wisdom. The way we approach to neuropsychology in our team after working with him has left a deep print that will never be forgotten. We all miss Glyn already and feel so privileged of having met a person like him in our lives. Un beso muy fuerte para ti, Jane, del Granada’s Glyn Team.

21 January 2016

Paul Holliday

I was so very sad and sorry to hear of my good friend's passing. He was a great person and a cherised friend. I will cherish my great memories of our time together way back in Birmingham University until he moved to Oxford hes still managed to see me and I am really honor to know him. To Jane and family you have my hearfelt sympathy. Once again Glyn thanks for everything! You'll be missed more than you know. May you rest in peace.

21 January 2016

Saheeda Mohamed-Kaleel

University of Oxford

Rocking chair

Play us a song on your guitar,
Sing us one of your favorite songs,
We will stand around you with glistening eyes, like we used to,
Relishing your sounds under the sculptured-treasured lights

Standing in a curved straight line,
Singing a song chosen by you,
I remember our choir rehearsal for the patient Christmas party.
Your voice was the loudest,
Your words so clear

The birthday celebrations in the lab,
With coffee and chocolate cakes,
Keep bringing you back to life,
In my mind and in my heart

Often when doubts crawl,
Running to your office asking five minutes for clarifications,
You would wave me in with a smile

From all the little things you taught us,
To the greatest achievements you made me reach.
You are one of the greatest

Professor Humphreys – You are one of the biggest and the brightest stars in my sky.

21 January 2016

Progress Njomboro

University of Cape Town, South Africa

Glyn supervised me initially on my M’Res thesis the year I came to the UK from Zimbabwe. It was his sincere kindness, generosity and nurturing character that helped me absorb the culture shock and assimilate well in the department of psychology at the University of Birmingham. I went on to do a PhD under his supervision. His patience, attention to detail and humility are some of the qualities that has made him my role model and mentor. I had just sent him an email updating him on a project we have been setting up here in South Africa and in Zimbabwe and asking to spend a few weeks in his lab later in the year when I got the automated response about his sudden passing on. Its hard to believe. He remains a shining example of a brilliant academic and an inspiration to me. Will always remember his inquisitive look - as I continue working on adopting his cognitive screens for use on patients here in Sub-Saharan Africa.

21 January 2016

Viba Pavan Kumar

Clinical Psychologist, Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust

I started working with Glyn in 2002– I was at a stage in my life where I was quite confused about career goals and I thought that my stint at the University of Birmingham would be a stop-gap arrangement until I figured out what I wanted to do. Having trained as a clinical psychologist, the world of research seemed a bit daunting at first. Little did I know that Glyn’s enthusiasm for research was contagious enough to anchor me to his lab for well over 6 years. Within months of working with him, he had convinced me to start my doctoral studies, while making sure that I continued to stay in touch with clinical work. And when at the end of that journey, I decided to return to mainstream clinical practice, he supported me whole-heartedly. It was small gestures like these that underscored the fact that he was mindful of people’s needs- whether they were his students, colleagues, or patients- his humility and down to earth ways were as inspiring as his pure brilliance.

To him deadlines were as important as patient parties, an undergraduate got the same attention as a senior lecturer- his knack for making everyone feel like they were his equals set an example for us all to follow….

Glyn was a fund of knowledge, yet he seemed to have a great need to find more answers. He taught me the basic principles of systematic exploration - to this I am indebted to him.

RIP Glyn. I still find it hard to believe that you are no more. Heartfelt condolences to Jane and the rest of your family.

20 January 2016

Ken Spencer

School friend at Merchant Taylors Boys' School, Crosby, Liverpool and Head Teacher at Novaschool Sunland international, Malaga

I attended Merchant Taylors Boys' School, Crosby, Liverpool with Glyn in the late 60s/early 70s. I hope I won't seem too presumptuous when I say that to read so many wonderful tributes and anecdotes about Glyn and to realise how much of a direct effect he had on so many people's lives makes me burst with pride on behalf of all his mates with whom he went to school and with whom he shared so many formative adventures. I'd like to share some of these with you....some of them may well explain how he came to be the mountain of a man he became. I purposely have Van Morrison's 'Too Late to Stop Now' album on in the reminds me of the time Glyn borrowed his dad's car and took another 4 of us to Manchester Free Trade Hall to see pretty much this band and set....although I'd bought Them singles, I hadn't 'got' Morrison at this point and must admit I was still not convinced when I came out of the gig....Glyn was introducing me gently. Now, of course, the CD shelves are bulging with Morrison stuff! The most vivid memory of that night was going into a Wimpy Bar (they had only just 'appeared' on the streets of Britain!) immediately afterwards because we were all starving, but having to share one piece of fish between the 5 of us as that was all we could afford!

I was in the year above Glyn but had screwed up my O Levels first time round and so stayed down in Glyn's year. I could have felt quite lonely under those circumstances but Glyn, Mike, Bob, Ade, Roddy Marsbar and others took me to heart, as we seemed to share many similar interests. This was in the early 70s, 70, 71, 72 and 73, I think. We wore firemen's great coats, paisley scarves and tried to grow our hair longer than the school regulations would allow, visiting the school washroom between lessons to wet our hair and force it down the backs of our collars. We listened to lots of music, went swimming every Sunday morning, drank countless cups of coffee at one another's houses, played shove ha'penny football at break times and had lunch at George and Angela's chippy, playing pinball in the back room. We genuinely thought we could change the world for the better, mainly by playing in a band! It's incredible that we ever completed enough work to make it to where we did. Glyn and I used to play guitar together.....he was Neil Young/Loudon Wainwright and I was Bob Dylan. I think we played at the school Folk Society and some charity gigs or other......but mainly at parties and in Glyn's living room!

In the 6th Form, apart from the lunchtime visits to the chippy, we would also visit one of our houses for coffee or sometimes partake of something a little stronger in one of the local pubs, occasionally inviting girls to accompany us. One lunchtime we attempted a world record by squeezing 11 of us into Glyn's VW Beetle. I was on the back shelf, if I remember rightly! I don't know if we did achieve a record but the looks on the nuns' faces as we drove up the driveway of the catholic girls' school, dumped the girls out and roared off towards the exit were priceless!

Being driven by Glyn was an experience in itself....Glyn liked to chat and would do so comfortably whilst at the wheel......well, at least it was comfortable for him!!! If you happened to be sitting in the back of the car, he preferred to speak to you face to face and so would turn his head as near as damn it through 180 degrees so that, whilst driving forwards, he was in fact facing backwards ........SCARY STUFF!!!

I and some of the others were in the habit of visiting a hospice for young children with psychological disorders on Sunday afternoons after swimming. It was run by nuns and we would help the children play and feed them their afternoon snack/tea, effectively taking them off the nurses' hands for a few hours. My endearing memory of Glyn's first visit there was when he entered the playroom and was confronted by a silent but animated tiny tot named Josie. 'Josie, meet Glyn....Glyn, meet Josie!' He promptly picked her up, she clung onto him like a limpet....and proceeded to pee all over him!

During a couple of school summer holidays, we visited Botton, a small, self-sufficient farming community in Yorkshire run by the Rudolph Steiner Trust. We were there to complete jobs that the residents, adults with psychological disorders, couldn't do, such as laying telephone cables, cleaning out ponds, planting windbreak trees, etc. One project was to extend a tall barn and to do so we had to dig large holes and cement large wooden posts into the ground. We had dug the first hole, had put the first 5 metre post on end into the ground, had nailed supports to it to steady it and I had just shimmied up and down it, having ensured that it was level. We stood staring at it, ready to pour the cement, when someone murmured that it looked like it was moving. It was only after it fell that we realised that we had only nailed 3 supports near the base and so the fourth side was unsupported. Naturally, we all ran and, as his bad luck would have it, Glyn ran in exactly the same direction as the falling pole, the top of which hit him smack on the top of his spine/bottom of his neck......he was out cold for a day and a half and we were really fearful for his well-being.....we needed him to drive us home!!!

Glyn and I both played rugby enthusiastically and were part of the school team which won the inaugural North West Schoolboys' Cup. I have always been proud of that victory, especially as Glyn gave me the final pass for my try and I did the same for his, although I have to say that I gave him the harder task, as my pass hit the floor first!

Reading on the Oxford website the testimonials from people in Glyn's life, and in many cases from people whose life he has changed or helped to shape, I feel so proud to have been his friend. If, as a teacher, I have had a similar effect on a fraction of the number whom I'm sure Glyn has influenced, then I feel like my life has been worthwhile. As people have commented, Glyn was an extremely humble guy; we have kept in contact sporadically over the years and each time we have spoken or mailed, I've asked him about his work and he has always played it down by saying that he has been doing 'this and that'. I had no idea of the awards and presentations that he has earned over the years, nor the giddy heights to which he has propelled himself in the world of psychology and scientific research. Typical of the man!

My own brother, last June, my and Glyn's great friend Bob towards the end of 2015, and now Glyn himself, have all pased away in such a short space of time and my life feels the colder for it. But it becomes warmer each time I recall these cherished memories. At Bob's funeral, I asked Glyn if he still played guitar and suggested that we should get together to play all the old songs again sometime. Thanks to the person who posted the video of Glyn playing Girl From The North Country on this memorial page, he and I played together again for a final time last evening......I hope he enjoyed it as much as I did, though it was hard to play whilst fighting back the tears.

I remember writing to Glyn in those great days before e.mail and Glyn explaining to me that, as he opened the letter at the breakfast table, his daughter could not believe that old school friends would keep in touch 25 or so years after they had left school. That, I think, was about 20 years ago and, of course, the net and the mobile phone have virtually made overland mail obsolete....but I stiil cling tightly onto the clutch of letters that I have received from Bob and Glyn over the years.

Rest peacefully, mate......

20 January 2016

Johan Wagemans

Department of Brain & Cognition, University of Leuven (KU Leuven)

Like everyone else, I was perplexed by the news of Glyn’s sudden death. The day before we had been talking about him in his role in the Advisory Board for my Methusalem grant and the week before we had been talking about him in his role as an invited speaker for our next neuropsychology symposium in Leuven. It shows how closely interwoven our paths were. Glyn was one of my first living scientific heroes. His “To see or not to see” (published in 1987, with Jane) was the first scientific book I bought with my salary as a PhD student. I have read it as a scientific detective story, unravelling the causes of HJA’s remarkable case of integrative agnosia. I immediately fell in love with this way of doing neuropsychology, although I do not consider myself a neuropsychologist. I first met Glyn in person when I attended the ESCOP summer school on visual perception in Stockholm (1989) as a PhD student, and Glyn gave two lectures, one on cognitive neuropsychology (based on this HJA story) and one on visual attention (based on his 1989 paper with John Duncan, on the role of similarity in visual search). I have encountered Glyn on many occasions afterwards, throughout our careers, in a wide range of roles (at conferences, as reviewers and editors of papers, as members of review panels and committees, etc.). For our department in Leuven, Glyn will always be remembered for his hospitality, good care, and excellent scientific advice for the many generations of our internship students in Theory & Research, which we sent to Birmingham and Oxford (several of whom became professors themselves afterwards), for his co-supervision of two PhD students (Katrien Torfs in 2012 and Kathleen Vancleef in 2013), and for his many visits to Leuven (with lectures and some nice chats over beer or wine). He has made a long-lasting impression on all the people he interacted with. I will honor him as a role model to try to follow, in his unique combination of scientific excellence, intellectual rigor, efficiency, capacity to handle tons of work, and at the same time, his calm and cheerfulness, and his friendly encouraging smiles and twinkling eyes.

20 January 2016

Monika Harvey

University of Glasgow

I was absolutely devastated and horrified to hear about Glyn on Friday. To me he is the greatest psychologist of our time, as well as the nicest colleague one could hope to have. He will leave an unmeasurable hole both as a scientist and as a person who worked tirelessly for promoting the discipline and the careers of younger people. Throughout my career he was always there with his calm presence and genius. The loss is simply immeasurable, I cannot believe he is gone.

20 January 2016

Philip Ingham

Toh Kian Chui Distinguished Professor and Vice Dean Research, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

I first met Glyn in 1966 when we both became pupils at Merchant Taylors’ School for boys in Crosby, near Liverpool. My name came immediately after his in the alphabetical class list and, it being a very traditional school, this meant that we sat next to each other pretty much every day for the next seven years. Of course, although this seating arrangement was initially enforced, we soon became friends – and not only did we share most of our lessons, we also played in the school rugby team together. Glyn was an early developer and had probably already reached 6ft by the time we entered the 4th form (when I was still at most 5ft 8inches). Not surprisingly, he played prop forward whilst I played wing three quarters; but he was also fleet of foot and I always found myself finishing in his wake when we ran the 400 metres (or more accurately, the 440 yards) together for the school athletics team. Despite his athletic prowess and impressive frame, Glyn’s kind and humble personality shone through and was respected by all of us: never one to start a fight, he often acted as peacemaker between his more bellicose class mates – even the toughest of them would back down when Glyn stepped in! In later teenage years, we became aspiring rock stars for a while and played in a “progressive rock” group together. But then we became more serious and focused on our Maths, Physics and Chemistry A level courses. At the beginning of our final year I well remember discussing University course choices in class. I told Glyn of my plans to read Maths and Psychology (I never did) and he said that sounded interesting and asked me to tell him more. I guess I did a reasonable job, because he went on to study Psychology at Bristol whilst I went to Cambridge where I ended up reading Genetics. We lost touch after leaving school, so it was a great pleasure to renew our acquaintance some 40 years later through our mutual colleague Balazs Gulyas. Just last summer Glyn came over to our house in Singapore for dinner and we spent a happy evening reminiscing about our school days with another old school friend who happened to be passing through. I feel particularly sad that our renewed friendship has been cut short so tragically. Glyn was a warm and generous man, someone whose kindness and friendship had stayed fresh in my memory for the best part of half a century. I am sure he will be greatly missed but he has made all of our lives the better for knowing him.

20 January 2016

Shan Xu

Beijing Normal University

Glyn was my PhD supervisor in University of Birmingham. The news of his sudden death deeply saddened me. I could not believe it at first since he was sending me email the day before his death. Glyn was the person who gave me the opportunity to come to UK, do a PhD, stay in research and being the current me. But now I do not have chance to tell him how grateful I am and what a difference he had made in my life. I would miss him, as many others will do.

19 January 2016

Tanja Müller

I first met Glyn when I did my summer research project, which was part of my Masters programme, in his lab in Oxford in 2014. When I arrived I immediately felt welcomed and I really enjoyed working with the other students and researchers in his lab. Although I only stayed there for two months, I soon got the positive impression of Glyn which is evident from the many very kind memories that have been written down here. I would have felt truly honoured and been very happy to realize my PhD project with him as my supervisor, as we had planned just recently. My thoughts are with everyone who worked with Glyn or knew him, above all his research group at the CNC and his family.

19 January 2016

Xun He

Bournemouth University (formerly University of Birmingham)

I was awakened at 2.30 in the morning and told that Glyn passed away one day before. I was shocked, and refused to believe. Then the shock turned into great sadness. Just one month ago on the 10th of December, Glyn came to our department and gave a talk in our seminar series. The discussion we had that day is still fresh in my memory. His expense claim just arrived recently and is still waiting on my desk to be processed. How could he be gone from this world so soon?

During the last several days, I often bumped into memories with Glyn in them. I first met Glyn back in 2001 when he attended a conference we organised when I was doing my PhD. I then worked with him as a postdoc from 2006 to 2012. He was always inspirational with insightful ideas and comments. Quite often you would wonder how someone could be so energetic, making great scientific findings while running a department. Yet that was not all. Being one of the greatest psychologists, he was kind, humble, and always open to all sorts of ideas young researchers wanted to try. To me, he was the best example of a team leader, a true scientist, and a great friend.

Farewell, Glyn. Your face with that gentle and warm smile will always stay with me. My deepest condolences are with Jane and the rest of the family.

19 January 2016

Rachel King

DPhil student, University of Oxford

It takes a great man to lead, an incredible man to inspire and an outstanding man to do it all with humility and compassion. When I remember Glyn, I will remember a man of fierce ambition, unrelenting academic curiosity and a wealth of personal wisdom.

My future career and most dear friendships are built on a foundation of possibility that he created. As a supervisor Glyn was kind in my time of need, directional in my time of confusion and encouraging when I finally found my way. Glyn, thank you.

The sadness shared by everyone in our lab denotes a man, not only of great intellect, but a man who inspired us with his vision and vitality. A man who guided us through hard times and encouraged us to grow. Glyn, you are going to be missed, and forever in our hearts. It was an honour to know you.

19 January 2016

Helen Reddy (University of St. Andrews) and David Jones (University of Sheffield)

We were shocked and greatly saddened to hear of Glyn’s sudden and very premature death. As adviser and secretary to the REF Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience panel, we worked closely with him throughout 2014. Although we personally knew little about his academic achievements at first, it was immediately clear that he was admired and respected by the entire panel. Throughout the process he was an oasis of calm, always willing to listen to every point of view, argument and counter-argument, before guiding the panel to a consensus. His ability to bring together such a large and diverse group of academics from differing backgrounds was remarkable. Glyn’s own capacity for work was immense, not only in spending considerable time planning and leading the panel, but also taking on more than his fair share of the assessment workload, and all in addition to his duties at Oxford.

Glyn was a very kind and humble man. One of our last and most enduring memories of Glyn was when he arrived late to a restaurant in London one evening after the final series of panel meetings, soaking wet from head to foot, just because he had been scouring the streets to find somewhere he could buy a couple of bottles of wine to say thank you to us. We feel lucky to have had the opportunity to know and work with Glyn, and will remember him fondly.

19 January 2016

Kathleen Vancleef

Newcastle University

On my first day as a visiting researcher in Glyn’s lab, people told me that this wouldn’t be my last visit: ‘Everyone comes back.’ To my question what kind of person Glyn was, I got the reply: ‘It’s impossible not to like him.’ Indeed, one week later I was applying for a travel grant for my second visit. Even though I only spend a few months working with Glyn in Birmingham, every time I met him afterwards he took the time to talk to me despite his busy schedule. He was sincerely interested in my research and career plans and gave me advice on many different occasions. He motivated me to pursuit a career in translational neuroscience. I will always remember his care for patients and young researchers and the kindness in his eyes. It is hard to believe we won’t see that again, but I’m grateful I had the chance to work with him.

19 January 2016

John Hodsoll

Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London

I first met Glyn 1995 as he happily packed myself as 1 of 3 MSc students on Erasmus exchange to Italy. There was only 2 places but Glyn (for the first but not last time) made extra arrangements with Remo Job to so I could go as well. Subsequently, I was in Glyn’s lab for 12 years through PhD and post-docs. His appetite for work seemed implausible. Legend (otherwise known as Martin Edwards) had it that, detailed with the family shop on a Saturday morning, he could be spotted literally sprinting around Selly Oak Sainsbury’s so he could secretly pop into work for half an hour on the way home. I knew he was a nice guy because GK told me so early on in my PhD. He was often surprising as well, one year producing the biggest recorder I've ever seen in rehearsals for a patient party. Amidst all these happy memories it is telling that, notwithstanding his extraordinary range achievement in experimental psychology and contributions to the great careers described here, Glyn and Jane’s lab also provided a home for those of us who the world was slightly more challenging than expected. It often seemed he could see things in people (as well as data) that others missed; Glyn could probably have trained a stone to be a psychologist.

I can’t think of an aspect of my life that he hasn’t impacted on. I met my wife in the Psychology department, many good friends and many of the great people listed above. Even now, as a methodologist I find many occasions to apply insights into psychology It is his kindness and humour I will remember most. My heartfelt condolences to Jane and his family.

19 January 2016

Lee de-Wit

University of Leuven

My first memory of Glyn (after reading about his work as an undergraduate) was of his authoritative and inquisitive voice asking questions at EPS meetings during my PhD. I was always impressed how earnestly he would ask questions, and how attentively he would visit so many posters. As a post-doc I was lucky enough to find myself working on a grant program in Leuven on which Glyn was an advisor. A role which Glyn seemed to combine so effortlessly with his many other duties and responsibilities. I was then lucky enough to spend 6 months working in Glyn’s lab in 2014. I was absolutely astonished to see how much attention Glyn was able to give to the patients being tested at the CNC, given his numerous other commitments. He insisted, for example, on testing every new patient seen in his lab personally. Yet (as so many others have attested), despite this phenomenal contribution on so many levels, Glyn remained so humble and approachable.

Glyn will be missed by so many patients and researchers whose lives and careers he helped. Equally sadly however, Glyn’s efforts to improve the testing and screening of stroke patients in the UK and around the world, could mean that thousands of patients will miss out on the improved testing that his research would have led to. I hope many of us will be able to honor Glyn’s contribution to science, by continuing that attempt to integrate cognitive testing with clinical neuropsychology.

19 January 2016

Lea Luisa Lott

University of Freiburg

I had the honour to work at the CNC as a research intern in 2014. I remember sending an initial, very formal e-mail to Glyn, stating my interest in an internship. His reply to my request was so unexpected that I had to read it twice: It began with the words "That's fine" and ended with a simple "Glyn" instead of the usual list of academic titles. Over the course of my internship(s), I found my first impression of Glyn to be very adequate. I had never met a person of such a high academic rank that not even once made me feel comparatively small as a person. Glyn was so kind, modest, and caring, and he was a true inspiration - both academically and personally. Without Glyn, I would not be the person I am today. I will always be grateful for the opportunities he opened up to me. My thoughts are with his family and with the members of the CNC working group.

19 January 2016

Steven Frisson

University of Birmingham

First Keith Rayner, now Glyn. These are sad times for experimental psychology, but even more so for their families and friends. Both were absolute giants in their fields, world-renowned and globally admired, a true inspiration to students and colleagues.

When I had to decide where to go to, a large number of people told me go to Birmingham because “Glyn is there, the best psychologist in Europe if not the world.” And they were right, during my (too few) interactions with Glyn I quickly recognized what a unique intellectual he was. But what I had not known, or expected, was that he also was one of the kindest and fairest people I ever met. His calm and thoughtful leadership as Head of School turned Birmingham into a powerhouse to be reckoned with, and one of the best environments to work in. When he, and Jane, decided to move to Oxford, it was a big blow for the School, and “Glyn’s time” is still being held up as what we should strive for.

What is sometimes forgotten is that, notwithstanding his enormously busy schedule, he still insisted on teaching at UG level. I had the privilege of shadowing him once, explaining the dual route model to second years. Wow, I was jealous afterwards – I wish I had had someone like Glyn teach me as an undergrad: perfect level, perfect depth, perfect pace, and interesting to all.

While I might not have known Glyn so well at a personal level, I do know that he was revered by his colleagues (me included) and his many patients. We thank you, Glyn, for all you’ve done for us and for the science you’ve given us. Our thoughts are with Jane and family.

19 January 2016

Kimron Shapiro

University of Birmingham

Reading through the list of memories posted by the community of people who knew Glyn I am struck by the similarity among them. All speak to his accomplishments across both his personal and professional life. It is truly remarkable how someone could do so much, do so on so many fronts, and do it so well. The experience with Glyn that I want to share stems from my conversations with him prior to taking over as Head of Psychology at Birmingham where he served selflessly for so many years. I had reservations about taking on this job but his message that it was a harmonious and outstanding department constituted the reassurance for which I was looking. His influence here can still be felt, from the people he hired to the imaging facility for which he found funding and that set the School’s course for years to come. He was to the day he died still supervising students here and mentoring staff. When I began at Birmingham the staff here joked with me that my wife Jane and I moved into Glyn and his wife Jane’s offices and became Kim and Jane instead of Glyn and Jane. My deepest sympathies to his Jane and my hopes she receives some solace from all the wonderful memories posted here.

19 January 2016

Vaia Lestou

I remember being bound to meet Glyn at an interview in Birmingham back in 2004. I did not get this job but soon he approached me to discuss opportunities, moving to his lab was one of the best experiences not only academically but also in terms of personal development. Glyn was not only a passionate researcher with endless ideas and love for science, he had an amazing ability to integrate fields and ideas. But what made Glyn special was his talent in caring for people, his genuine interest for everyone who approached him and his genuine leadership...

He had been an everlasting inspiration ever since I met him and I will always be indebted for all interactions.

Glyn you will be missed so much, you have been in many ways a kind, gentle and inspirational academic father and you will leave a gap in all our hearts. Our deepest sympathy goes to Jane, Katie and the rest of the family.

19 January 2016

Amara Gul

University of Health Sciences, Lahore

It is with a heavy heart to listen the sad demise of Prof. Glyn who has left this world on 14th January, 2016. My sorrows and dejection on this fateful happening are unbearable. Prof. Glyn was a beacon of peace and tranquility. He was my PhD/Postdoc supervisor and a great human being. His loss will never be forgotten.

On this moment of grief and sadness, I stand by Jane and his family. I pray to God that his soul rest in peace and give all of us the strength and courage to bear this irreversible loss.

19 January 2016

Andrew Olson

University of Birmingham

I owe a profound personal and professional debt to Glyn. He brought me to Birmingham, gave me a job, and also helped my wife, Cristina Romani, to join me. It really is not an exaggeration to say that my life would not have been the same without him. Like many others here, he and Jane graciously hosted me at their house when I first arrived (and probably worried that I would never leave). That was a small sign of the kind of person he was. Incredibly supportive of students, young staff and international visitors, both personally and professionally, building an open, international and lively environment in his department and giving a tremendous amount to the effort, scientifically, but personally as well. Trips to the Lake District with students and post-grads, chasing the football around the pitch in the lunchtime department matches, journeys to pubs, music or Balti tours with visitors, dinners for patients who had become personal friends and parties hosted by him and Jane at Chantry Road. It felt like a special time to me, but seeing the messages from all of the other people who knew him, it was just what he and Jane did. Even in an age where endless counting renders big numbers small, his scientific achievements are clear in his record of important papers and grants. What isn't visible in the obligatory paper statuary of academic life is what a fundamentally generous and kind person he was. But that is also clearest in the comments of his students and colleagues and friends and that is clearest for me. What comes to mind when I remember meeting him in his office, piled high with projects and administrative burdens, the talismans of concern that he seemed to carry lightly, was how with a wry smile or couple of words he would gently insert humanity, adjusting the balance on the scales, and then proceed. I will miss you Glyn, and I will miss seeing you and Jane together, because you have been true life partners.

19 January 2016

Nick Hargaden

Houston, TX, USA

I would not have applied for my PHD without Glyn's support. I would not have received funding without his guidance. My toe wouldn't hurt right now if he hadn't cracked it with a particularly enthusiastic tackle on the 5 a side pitch in Birmingham University. I remember a really smart, calm presence; a gentleman. He always had time even when he didn't have time, and he always had an idea to improve my work. In a very concrete sense I am where I am today because of Glyn; he influenced the way I think about science and solving problems and he helped me get on a path in life that I still tread today. My thoughts are with his family and friends.

19 January 2016

Michael Forster

Glyn Humphreys was a leading part of a generation of outstanding British cognitive psychologists that I was privileged to publish as founding Managing Director of Psychology Press 1982 – 2011. His and Jane’s enthusiastic and creative pursuit of scientific knowledge, combined with generous relaxed personalities, made them a pleasure to work with. I always enjoyed our lunch dates when I felt I was meeting friends. To have someone who has given so much suddenly taken away is cruel and devastating and I feel a heartfelt sympathy for Jane and her family.

19 January 2016

Suzanne Higgs

University of Birmingham

I was so shocked and terribly sad when I heard the news that Glyn had died. He was an amazing and inspirational person. His contributions to psychology are too many to mention and his leadership phenomenal. We have lost a great person. I very much appreciated his support when I started as a lecturer at the University of Birmingham and especially enjoyed working with him more recently. He was always very generous with his time, intelligent and wise. We were just about to start a new project together, which I was very excited about. I admired his modesty, quiet determination and kindness. I will treasure my memories of Glyn and feel privileged to have known him. My thoughts are with Jane and the family.

19 January 2016

Jan Noyes

University of Bristol

We were shocked and saddened to hear the news about Glyn. His contributions to psychology from his early work with patients with brain damage in the 1980s to chairing the REF Panel were phenomenal. The discipline of psychology will feel his loss for many decades to come. Our thoughts are with Jane and his family.

19 January 2016

David Norris

Radboud University Nijmegen

Amongst his many functions Glyn was chair of the scientific advisory board of the Donders Institute. He conducted himself with quiet charm, gave us the benefit of his wisdom and experience, and was enormously effective without ever seeming to impose himself. We shall miss him terribly.

19 January 2016

Elisea De Somma

I first met Glyn in the summer of 2013, while on exchange as an international student from Canada. I had come to Oxford to work at the CNC as a research assistant, and when I met Glyn on my first day, I instantly felt welcomed. The CNC would soon become my “home away from home” and the people at the CNC, my Oxford family. Glyn inspired a sense of warmth and kindness that resonated throughout his work. He made each of his students feel important and valued, and was always encouraging. I only had the opportunity to work with Glyn for a few months, but I feel honoured to have met such a kind and inspiring man. I am deeply saddened by the news of Glyn’s passing. He had such a profound impact on so many, and he will be greatly missed.

19 January 2016

Louise Dixon

Victoria University of Wellington

I will remember Glyn as a brilliant psychologist but above all else as an incredibly kind, gentle and calm man with a great sense of humour. Considering how busy he was it never ceased to amaze me how he always found time to encourage and develop so many people. I was lucky enough to be one of those people. I first met Glyn when he agreed to take me on as his undergraduate dissertation student at Birmingham, despite already having too many of us. I went on to learn so much from him, about psychology, but also about how to be a good mentor and human being. He motivated me to go onto further study and played a huge role in shaping my academic career today. I will be eternally thankful for the time I got to spend with Glyn and I am deeply saddened by this news. My condolences go to Jane and their family.

19 January 2016

Takatsune Kumada

Kyoto University/ RIKEN brain science institute

I am shocked and deeply saddened by the unexpected news about Glyn.

I had a chance to work with Glyn and Jane at Birmingham in 1998-1999. It was the most exciting time in my life, with so many extremely fond memories.

Two days after my arrival in Birmingham, in a snowy day, Glyn took me for a shop by his car. When we returned to the car after spending several tens of minutes in the shop, the battery of his car had completely discharged and the engine was not started up. Glyn and I ran several times on a slippery road with pushing the car, which was driven by my wife and his daughter. Finally, it did work. This was my first collaborative work with Glyn. He was always optimistic, patient and gentle under such a tough and unusual situation. This was really impressive for me.

My first impression about him was confirmed in every occasion, not only in his office or laboratory, but also in parties held at his house, in an Indian restaurant K2, in a ballet theater, in a symphony hall, etc., all I could join with Glyn and Jane. He was really modest, unassuming, generous, compassionate, conscientious, and brilliant. I learnt what is neuropsychology. But more importantly, I learnt much more what a scientist, a supervisor, and a great person is.

Thank you, Glyn. Our thoughts are with Jane and the family.

18 January 2016

Eleanor Steer

MSc/PhD student, Birmingham 2000-2007

When taking a seminar and talking about academic writing Glyn once said “everything is better in the past tense”! The way in which he said this, with a twinkle and a half smile, made me and the other students laugh, at the time. It was funny because it sounded like he was espousing this as a philosophy of life – and it obviously wasn’t true. Especially not of Glyn, who never gave the impression he was one to dwell on the past, with his uncanny ability to hold present information on a hundred different current projects simultaneously and with a constant eye on future possibilities.

It feels so wrong to be writing about Glyn in the past tense and it’s impossible to write about him at all without repeating what other people here have said. He was a man of great integrity; non-judgemental, wise, gentle and inspirational and had an enormous influence on me and my family – to the extent that, as David has said, that family might not have ever existed had it not been for Glyn & Jane and their kindness and support. Thank you Glyn.

18 January 2016

David Punt

University of Birmingham

Glyn - As Bob recently wrote, “I’m searching for phrases, To sing your praises”. I’ve been reading these contributions and they all say it so well. Even before we had met, you and Jane had gone out of your way to help get me to Birmingham to study with Jane in 2000. As I got to know you, I became more and more bewildered about how you managed to do all that you did. The endless ideas, the support and encouragement, the detailed handwritten comments on draft manuscripts with interesting navigational annotations as to where on the existing draft one could find the replacement paragraphs you had provided (in our house, the verb ‘to glyn’ refers to ‘the provision of detailed and helpful instructions as to how something might be improved!’). And all this while being a really top bloke.

In early 2002, perhaps noticing that I was missing my ex-house mate, you helpfully got her back to Birmingham to do a PhD! In time, we both completed our PhDs, me with Jane and Eleanor with you, then we moved to Leeds, had two children and only recently returned to Birmingham. I think we could safely say you changed my life for the better.

Away from all I learned about experiments and psychology, I’ll have memories of Balti evenings at K2, house parties at Chantry Road, 6-a-side football and discussing some of the finer points relating to the back catalogues of Waits, Cohen and Dylan.

Glyn, you were the brightest of stars and I’ll miss you

18 January 2016

Kim Graham

Cardiff University

I am shocked and saddened by the loss of Glyn, and my deepest sympathy goes to his family, friends and academic colleagues. Although I was never fortunate enough to work in the same department as Glyn, he was an important influence on me throughout my career. As a PhD student, I was fascinated by his (and Jane’s) exciting research on cognitive neuropsychology, and was delighted when I had the opportunity to work with him on a single case, which we published with Emer Forde in 2002. More recently, we worked together on the REF, where he guided our decision-making with experience, patience and much good-humour. My last interaction with Glyn was earlier this year, when he took time, at short notice, to provide comments on a grant, even though there was no direct benefit to him of doing so. I was extremely grateful to him for this generosity (let alone the excellent advice he provided), and wish only that I could tell him that again.

18 January 2016

Andrea Luppi

Undergraduate student, University of Oxford

When Glyn agreed to supervise my undergraduate research project, I couldn't quite believe my luck. Busy as he was, he would always find the time for a word of advice and encouragement, providing gentle guidance. He was such an inspiraional man, both as scientist and as human being - he truly cared!

I only knew him for less than a year, but he was the first person I did science with, my first mentor. For this, and for believing in me, I will forever remember him.

I dare not imagine what a loss this must be for those who were closest to him - my thoughts are with them, especially his family.

18 January 2016

Maggie Bailey

Director of Postgraduate Studies, Keele University (Retired 2010). PhD in Psychology, Birmingham 2004.

I would like to contribute to the tributes to Glyn on the website. I knew Glyn a little, having been a PhD student of Professor Jane Riddoch at the School of Psychology, University of Birmingham, 1998-2004. I was shocked and very sad to hear today of his sudden death whilst out in Hong Kong. He was such a kind person and my thoughts go out to his wife and family at this tragic time. He will be sorely missed by many people all over the world.

18 January 2016

Gloria Pizzamiglio

University of Oxford

I had the privilege of working with Glyn, his staff and his patients at the Cognitive Neuropsychology Centre in Oxford over the past year. And what an amazing year it has been. Four days have now passed and I don’t think any of us have quite fully processed what happened yet. Glyn truly was one of a kind, a rarity in this field. I was in awe of him, a gentle ‘giant’ with an enormous heart, inspiring wisdom and incredible knowledge. I will very much miss coming to Level D in Experimental Psychology and seeing his office door semi-open, as I will miss being greeted with a warm ‘Come iiin’ at every knock on his door. No matter how busy and hectic his schedule was, he always found the time to listen, to guide, to encourage. It never ceased to stun me how a professional at his level and of his reputation still managed to keep so humble and kind, never judgemental and always there for his staff, his students and above all his much-loved patients.

Glyn was extremely helpful and supportive with the writing up of my PhD proposal – I was very much looking forward to being supervised by him had I secured a position and the funding for our project, so looking forward to learning as much as possible from such a superb scientist and brilliant person. Sadly that’s not what life had in store for us, and I guess I will always be left wondering ‘what if…’. Amongst all of the uncertainties that many of us will now have to face after his departure, one thing is for certain: Glyn’s legacy will live on in the lives and work of all the people he touched so profoundly, as the kindness of his heart and his passion for the field were so ever infectious and inspirational that they will not, and could not, ever, die out. And for this I am most grateful, Glyn. Thank you.

18 January 2016

Madeleine Bennett - Sue Garvey - Barbara Hudson - Helen Jones - Lesley Leigh - Dorothy Trinder (now Wiltshire)

University of Birmingham

We were all saddened and shocked to hear of the death of Glyn Humphreys. We all remember the enthusiasm and eagerness he had for everything he did. Glyn was very approachable and had time for everyone, no matter how busy he was. Our sincere sympathies go out to Jane and the family.

We were the support staff when Glyn was Head of The School of Psychology at Birmingham. Glyn will be missed by many people and will be a great loss to scientific research.

18 January 2016

Irina Voiculescu

University of Oxford

One of the many strings to Glyn's bow has been a series of apraxia-related pilot projects with Computer Science. His attention to detail and insightful comments on hand sensor measurements always led to stimulating discussion. When I once turned up at a meeting with my sick toddler he expressed empathy with the juggle in the early years of parenting, reminiscing about his own. Even though computer science is at the boundary of his main research, it has been truly inspiring to partake of his overflowing academic focus and warm encouragement.

18 January 2016

Derrick G Watson

University of Warwick

Like so many, I was shocked to hear the tragic news of Glyn’s sudden passing. Glyn taught me at both the undergraduate and MSc level and he was my PhD supervisor. I also worked with him on two MRC grants. I say worked with him, not for him, because my memory of Glyn is that he treated everyone as an equal from the very moment he first met them no matter what stage they were at in their learning or career. He has had a huge influence on my career and life. He was the most hard-working and talented person that I have ever known. He was a great inspiration to all around him, and someone you wanted to impress. His memory for findings and research was phenomenal, as was his ability to see things that others would miss. His guidance was invaluable - teaching me how to write papers that could actually be understood being just one example. When faced with difficult decisions, there are a handful of people that I regularly think ‘how would they approach this’? Glyn is one of those people and he’ll continue to shape what I and others do long into the future.

18 January 2016

Derek Besner

University of Waterloo, Canada

I met Glyn in the late 70's and subsequently he, Jane and the boys spent about 6 weeks in Waterloo with us(where Jane's youngest boy [Muffin as they called him] promptly fell out of a tree and broke his arm, but no-one got terribly worked up and all had a good time during their visit). Glyn and Jane also put me up at their house in England--where Glyn and I played a lot of pool on a miniature table they had (I'm sworn to secrecy re the final score) Glyn's achievements speak for themselves; he was obviously a giant in a lot of ways. More importantly, he was a terribly nice person, with his heart in the right place. I valued him for his humanity.

18 January 2016

Luc Boutsen

Aston University

It is so shocking and sad to lose Glyn, who had such a tremendous impact, both on the science he did and on the people he worked with. Like many I owe so much to him, and I have nothing but fond memories of the years when I was part of his lab in Birmingham, first as a visiting PhD student and later as a postdoc. Life as part of Glyn’s lab was just very nice. The Christmas parties at their Moseley home were lovely and Glyn and Jane’s hospitality has always been legendary.

Glyn represented to me the very best qualities that one can find in an academic. He had a brilliant mind and was invariably gentle, kind, sympathetic, generous and modest. Above all he was inspiring and instilled a profound and lasting sense of curiosity and excitement about research in those who worked with him.

Working with Glyn was exciting because of his openness to new ideas and his ability to constantly - and successfully - steer research into new directions. He gave people space to explore new avenues of research. He created an environment where people communicate, share ideas and experiences: in a word, a place where research is done in a collaborative spirit. It is in such places that creativity thrives and that science can break ground into new territories.

As a departmental leader Glyn was second to none, always putting people first, giving them chances to develop and offering invaluable career advice. Glyn truly cared about everybody he worked with, and through his wisdom, energy and inspiration he brought out the very best in people. He was a genuinely nice person and simply the best mentor I’ve had.

I feel an immense gratitude and admiration for everything that Glyn accomplished, and for everything he did for me and for many others. My thoughts go out to Jane, the children and the family, and I wish them every support in this difficult time.

18 January 2016

Richard Bentall

University of Liverpool

Like everyone, I was shocked to hear the news of Glyn’s death. I am not a cognitive neuropsychologist, but had cause to meet him many times during the RAE and REF (we were both on both panels) and when I was an external examiner for the undergraduate degree at Oxford. His contribution to psychology was clearly enormous, and I will leave others better qualified than I to comment about his scientific achievements. But if the experience of REF was anything to go by, his organisational ability and capacity for sheer hard work must have been almost superhuman. Pretty much single-handedly, he managed to guide a diverse group of researchers through the complex and arduous task of rating a huge number of submissions, accurately assigning thousands of papers to us in our different specialities, while somehow managing to read and rate many himself. Throughout this entire process he maintained his quiet good humour and kindly disposition and never gave any inkling of the stress he must have been experiencing. He was a truly nice man, and obviously one of a kind.

18 January 2016

Hyunji Kim

University of Essex

In the past months, I was extremely lucky to experience a couple of meetings and share my research ideas with Glyn. He turned my rough, premature, and disconnected ideas into beautifully inspiring vision. In his office, he had a Chinese character meaning "Patience" hung on the wall facing his desk. When I had a meeting with him for the first time, I pointed at it and smiled at him. He said "I need it." and smiled back. Not many scientists at his calibre can stay as humble as Glyn. He was a true role model.

I am very much saddened by his sudden passing. It happened too early as many of us would strongly agree. I am forever grateful for his support and warmth. He clearly set the bar high enough for other researchers to follow.

18 January 2016

Dean Mobbs

Columbia University, New York

Very sad to hear about the passing of Prof. Humphreys. Although I did not know him personally, he was one of the professors who inspired me to pursue a career in research. As an undergraduate at the University of Birmingham (96-99), Prof. Humphreys gave wonderful lectures and introduced me to the field of cognitive neuroscience and over the years he has conducted many ground breaking studies not only in the fields that John Duncan describes but also in the field of social neuroscience and beyond. My thoughts are with Prof. Riddoch, family and friends.

18 January 2016

Johnny King Lau

University of Birmingham

It's still too hard to think about and believe such sad news.

When I first started my masters study and first knew Glyn, I could never imagine the accomplishments that I have accumulated over all these years. Glyn.. thank you for taking me as your research placement student; thank you for offering me my first job overseas as your research assistant; and thank you for endorsing and supporting me to secure the funding to do my PhD. There are just many more reasons I am thankful for him and his works that have an impact on me. Before I met Glyn I knew nothing about neuroscience. If Glyn had not believed in me at the first place, I wouldn't have had the extensive experience working with patients and the expertise in carrying out my own research. Now in the final stages of completing my PhD I am truly grateful of the opportunities that he ever gave me. I don't know how to describe how much he is missed. I wish I could continue to learn from him and benefit from his advice.

Yet, I know he's not leaving us alone. His wisdom and pursuit of knowledge will pass on. My heart and thoughts are with Jane and their family.

18 January 2016

Lucy Kennedy and Ceri Griffiths

Routledge Psychology Publishers

We are truly shocked and saddened to hear the news about Glyn. He was both a brilliant scientist and best-selling author, and we have been proud to publish his ground-breaking research over many years. He was always a delight to work with and his contribution to psychology will never be forgotten. He will be very much missed by all at Routledge.

18 January 2016

Dorothy Bishop

University of Oxford

I first met Glyn back in the 1970s, when he was the tall, rather shy, man who gave fascinating talks at the EPS and the BNS. Our paths continued to cross over the years, until we found ourselves to be colleagues, when he arrived to be an extremely effective Head of the Experimental Psychology Department in Oxford a few years ago. He was kind and considerate to everyone, and never showed any sign of self-importance despite being such a major figure in the field. It is tragic that he should be taken from us just when he was at the peak of his powers. The whole department is in shock and is grieving the loss of a great psychologist.

18 January 2016

Shannon McMahon

I met Glyn during the summer of 2014, right before the last year of my undergraduate studies when he was kind enough to take a chance on me as an intern at the CNC. Despite his many obligations, Glyn set aside time to meet all the requirements my Fellowship program asked of him as my supervisor, for which I'm still so incredibly grateful. Had Glyn not answered my email requesting an intern position through my Fellowship program, I never would have made the connections to get to my current job and career path, created and maintained lasting friendships with the rest of the team at the CNC, or had my first experience living outside of the US. I owe him more than he knew. Glyn was always patient and encouraging towards me, and his support and warm personality extended outside of the lab. I'll never forget when he took the CNC punting together. It was my very first experience with punting and Glyn laughed and kindly helped me as I struggled to steer. He also shared a similar passion for music, and was more than happy to have me bring in my guitar on one of my last days at the lab to celebrate and trade songs, performing for the lab. Florence once described him as a man who never really had a minute, but always had a minute, which is the perfect way to put it. He truly did make time for everyone despite his many projects and I'll always be grateful to him for taking a chance on me, and setting me on the right path. You'll be missed more than you know, Glyn.

18 January 2016

Paul Kennedy

Oxford Institute of Clinical Psychology Training

It was such a shock to hear of Glyn’s untimely passing. We will miss his steady, gentle and conscientious aura. In his short time in Oxford he supported us through teaching, research supervision and encouragement. Our thoughts are with his family and immediate colleagues, he will be greatly missed.

18 January 2016

Luis J. Fuentes

Universidad de Murcia

Everybody acknowledges Glyn’s talent as a scientist and the great person he was. I couldn’t say anything else apart from what all people that have had the enormous luck of having ever met Glyn, have already highlighted. But I just want to share some anecdotes that reflect the kind of human beings Glyn and Jane (an inseparable binomial) were when I travelled to Birmingham in September 1992 to spend a sabbatical in Glyn’s lab.

Glyn and Jane soon realized that it wouldn’t be a typical stay. With the generosity that characterize these two great persons, they offered me to stay in their house till I found accommodation for the year, something that pleasantly surprised me. The first weekend I was supposed to stay at Glyn and Jane’s but I simply did not show up (a long story). They were terribly worried. The Spanish professor, with his poor English (it was my first time abroad), just disappeared. Prudently, they decided to wait till Monday before making a report to the police. I reappeared on Monday and Glyn and Jane felt released. Shortly after, Glyn had to deal with probably the most difficult, unexpected and unusual problem he had ever had since he became the Head of the Psychology School. A serious complaint was made by a number of faculty members: ‘The Spanish professor is using the ladies toilets, and that is totally intolerable’, they said. Glyn turned pale. Glyn had a serious problem to face: how to tell the Spanish professor such a thing. Probably he expected I would be aware of my mistake. I wasn’t. Glyn received another complaint, and another. After several months, three faculty meetings with the problem unsolved, and Glyn struggling to find the proper words and the best moment to tell them, one day I went into the toilets and found three charming ladies chatting inside. With surprised face (on both sides) I gently questioned: ‘Laaaadies toilets? Reply: Yes. Then, where are the men toilets?’ The problem was definitively solved and Glyn felt released. He also turned pale when he learned that I was sued and called to court. An issue related to poll tax with happy end (another long story).

Fun was nicely combined with science in Glyn’s lab. One day I was working at my office, which had the door located at my back. All of the sudden, ‘something’ came violently into my office, barking furiously as if a terrible beast wanted to attack me. With my heart beating faster and faster I jumped from the chair totally scared, then I saw Koen Lamberts standing ‘on four legs’ laughing like crazy. It took me a time to recover. But, it was revenge time. Shortly after, Glyn phoned Koen: ‘Koen would you mind to come to my office right now?, it is about a serious issue that concerns you’. Two minutes later Koen was knocking at Glyn’s office with stern face. Glyn began to talk: I’ve received ... you must understand … it is inadmissible …” then Glyn tapped the table and all of the sudden people from everywhere (Jane, Raffaella Rumiati …, me), previously hidden behind the sofa and chairs, wearing Halloween masks, threw themselves at Koen, screaming as people possessed. Koen jumped from the chair with a striking fear face expression. Jane and Glyn’s plan of revenge was accomplished.

I also remember house parties at Glyn and Jane’s: the cup of wine, all of us sitting around the fireplace after a wonderful diner, Penguin Cafe Orchestra playing, and also the role-playing games for which we dressed up according to our pseudo-randomly assigned character, as it is shown in the picture taken by Jane at that time (Andrew Olson, Kristien Lamberts, Koen Lamberts, Cristina Romani, Raffaella Rumiati, Glyn Humphreys and myself). Meetings at Lake District were fantastic. It was a wonderful time to share the last data but also to socialize and enjoy nature. We used to go for a wonderful bike ride. By the way, Glyn was tempted to call the police again when I got lost in one of the rides. Lots of laughs could be heard when I showed up in a van 3 hours later. Anyway, Glyn survived my sabbatical.

The way patients were treated in Glyn’s lab was spectacular. I was testing patient GK and it gave us the chance to chat about many things. Some years later, once my sabbatical was over, GK wanted to see me again. Glyn picked GK up and the two came to visit me in Almería. They stayed at home several days. We all enjoyed the wonderful weather and the company of great friends.

I learned a lot from Glyn. The experiences lived in Birmingham that year influenced my life, as a person, as a researcher, and as a forthcoming head of the department. Thanks Glyn.

I recently spent a sabbatical in Oxford with family, my wife Carmen and our 10-year old son Pablo. Glyn and Jane offered us their house in Nelson st. for accommodation, generous as usual. Sometimes we met them up for dinner at their new house, where we enjoyed fantastic dinners, playing card games with Glyn and Jane and their grandchildren afterwards. This has been a more familiar and calmed sabbatical but it has served to strengthen our friendship. Glyn and Jane form part of the best of my life. Now Glyn has gone, and I feel that an important part of myself has gone with him. I will always remember Glyn with his sweet smile.

18 January 2016

Tom Manly

MRC Cambridge

I first met Glyn about 20 years ago when I was a new research assistant utterly in awe of his reputation and I was struck by how attentively he listened to what I was saying, how he asked pertinent questions and made generous suggestions. I last met Glyn a month ago when we took him out to dinner after he had given a blindingly good seminar at the CBU. He was exactly the same, listening intently to PhD students describing their first studies. As many others have written, the breadth of his interests, the sheer number of fields to which he made outstanding contributions, is unbelievable. He was a great speaker with an incredible knack for carrying his audience with him to understand, and be enthused by, a topic. I have been lucky enough to collaborate with Glyn and colleagues over the last few years and, as others, have been struck by his heartfelt support for his team, students and others in the department – despite his incredibly busy schedule. This personal touch was apparent too in Glyn and Jane’s work with patients, many of whom become part of the research team. He has left a fantastic scientific legacy and will be greatly missed. My thoughts are with Jane, the family and Glyn’s colleagues.

18 January 2016

Cristiana Cavina-Pratesi

Durham University

Kind, insightful, and generous. These are the best describers of my interaction with Glyn.

I will miss discussing Optic Ataxia with you!

18 January 2016

Janina Seubert

Karolinska Institute, Stockholm

When I first joined Glyn's lab as a Master's student, I was incredibly nervous. My first memory of him is how, noticing this, he interrupted the science talk to make me a cup of coffee, casually taking the stress out of the situation and making me feel much more at ease.

In the months that followed, Glyn led me towards intellectual ownership of my first research project, gently helping me along every step of the way while instilling the confidence in me that I could do things on my own.

I would come back half a year later, eager to explore another research question for my Master's thesis that he had told me in advance was going to be a long shot. When the pilot data indeed came back a hot mess, Glyn did not call me out on my stubbornness. Instead, he took the time to sit down with me over and over to think about how to adjust the experiment and reformulate the research question. In the end, we did come up with useable data, and I had learned a ton in the process: how to persevere when research becomes difficult, and to dig deeper in order to find structure in superficially messy-looking numbers.

Glyn had a very special way of stimulating intellectual curiosity and getting the best out of people, and I have always thought of my time working with him as a key step in forming my identity as a scientist. He will always remain my role model in his supervision style, the respectful ways in which he dealt with his patients, and his incredible intellect.

I always thought our paths would at some point cross again, and that I would then thank him for the incredible impact he has had on my career. I deeply regret that it hasn't come to that now-he has left us way too soon.

I will uphold his memory by continuing to strive towards becoming a teacher like he was: kind, encouraging, and patient.

My thoughts are with his family and friends.

18 January 2016

Alessia Patacca

University of Verona

Glyn…I still can't believe it happened.
The only thing that I can say now is that I am so glad to have taken part in his Lab for my internship.

Despite my level of English during the first period, he made me feel at home since the very beginning. He was always willing to help me,treating me at the same level of anyone else, trusting in me.

I was touched by his personality from the first day I met him. Kind, modest, good-natured with everyone and especially with his patients. He really believed in them. I still remember the Christmas party we made for the patients. He always found time to do choir practice with us in the months before, as he wanted to sing Good King Wenceslas and sing it as best we can. He also sang for his patients.

He was really a wonderful person, a great mentor, one of the most brilliant scientists of our time. I really started to think that research was my path thanks to him. He taught me a lot and I cannot do anything more than to thank him for everything.

Rest in peace Glyn and thank you for been being so exemplar.

My thoughts are with Jane and family.

18 January 2016

Abda Mahmood

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

It is so very sad to hear of Glyn's passing. He was my dissertation co-supervisor during my MSc in 2012, provided me with several references since then, including one for my current post, for which I am incredibly grateful. I remember him as kind, calm, patient and quietly brilliant. A rare and enviable leader. I express my sincere condolences to his family, colleagues and close friends.

18 January 2016

Lara Harris

University College London

At a time when I was beginning to think that a career in psychology was impossible after multiple rejections for jobs I was fortunate enough to be put into contact with Glyn. Without knowing me or owing anyone a favour, he took time out of his busy schedule to meet with me. I was extremely nervous. I'd never really met a professor before, let alone someone who had made such a huge impact on almost every area of the field of psychology. I said I wanted to use my annual leave from my job in a call centre to do some voluntary work in his group and Glyn asked me what I was interested in. A simple question that totally caught me off guard. Given the huge discrepancy between his level and mine I had expected him to be thinking about what I could do for his group and not how he could help me. We agreed that I would be there for two weeks.

I had never worked anywhere like the Birmingham group. The culture Glyn and Jane created was more like a family than a workplace which remains for me, unmatched and I still miss it now. The two weeks of volunteering turned into a paid research assistant job, and then I was thrilled to be accepted to complete a PhD with Glyn. Glyn had a way of knowing when to support you and when to challenge you. He never made you feel small when it would have been very easy for him to, and made you feel like nothing was impossible.

I remember one night at a conference dinner when he and Jane chose to sit with me and a group of other junior researchers over the many other senior researchers who attended. I think Glyn and Jane realised that this was our first conference dinner and wanted us to feel relaxed and welcome. I have lovely memories of that night laughing and joking together.

Since leaving Birmingham I have realised what a rare combination it is for someone so intelligent and accomplished to also be humble and unassuming. Glyn seemed not to be interested in prestige; he was interested in science, in his beloved patients and in furthering the careers of those who worked with him.

Over these last few years our contact has been mainly over email, with Glyn steering me through the sometimes difficult review process. His frequent supportive words of support and advice ('don't lose confidence', 'I think you've got this now') I will remember forever. I saw Glyn at a conference recently where despite having a key role in the conference and having so many of his colleagues to catch up with he took the time to welcome me and ask me how I was and what I was doing.

In one of our last communications I thanked him for all of his help and for his reference which I believe had swung a recent job application in my favour. What would have been more accurate to say is that Glyn gave me a chance at a time when I was losing hope, taught me everything I know about research, made me excited and passionate about psychology and changed the course of my life entirely.

Farewell Glyn. I am just one of many who owe you so much. My deepest condolences to Jane and the family.

18 January 2016

Andrew Worthington

Headwise & University of Birmingham

Quite simply the most brilliant scientist, innovative researcher, caring supervisor and well-rounded individual I think I have ever met. His legacy lives on in his work and the countless researchers and clinicians he inspired.

Thoughts are with Jane, his family and friends.

18 January 2016

Roi Cohen Kadosh

University of Oxford

I have been deeply saddened to learn about Glyn’s death. During the last years in the Department, he has been incredibly supportive and I will be forever grateful for his gentle but thoughtful advice. When thinking about Glyn in the last days, there are two memories that come up. The first is of the day when I bumped into him one Saturday morning, while walking with my son. He came suddenly running around a corner, chasing after his grandchildren and all were squeaking and giggling from joy. The other is seeing his lab shortly after he died, with everybody sitting in the department looking like they lost a parent. It was heart-breaking. Both episodes were really moving for different reasons, and for me they demonstrate how Glyn was able to touch and impact (a word that he liked!) the life of so many, beyond his excellent and leading research. He will be missed and my heart and thoughts go out to Jane and the family.

18 January 2016

Mark A. Elliott

National University of Ireland

Glyn was my Master's thesis supervisor, external examiner for my PhD and always a great support for me and my work and he was an extremely hard-working but an unassuming gentleman. His passing is very sad indeed. Rest in Peace Glyn

18 January 2016

Muhammad Mussaffa Butt

I would like offer my sincere condolence to all the members of CNS lab. Professor Glyn will be missed immensely. He will always have a very special place in our hearts. He was the one who always guided, supported and motivated us. In my opinion the best way to honor Professor Glyn and show our love for him is to carry on his vision and work.

18 January 2016

Caterina Cinel

University of Essex

I have worked with Glyn in Birmingham from 1997 to 2002, as a Master student first, and then as a PhD student. As for everybody else, I was deeply shocked by Glyn's sudden passing, and I still find it hard to believe.

Glyn was a formidable person: inspiring and always with interesting and stimulating new ideas. He had time, patience and kindness for everybody. I never understood how he could do so much and have time for everybody without showing any rush or stress!

Glyn has had a profound influence on me as a cognitive scientist and will always have.
I am sure he will remain an inspiration and model both as a scientist and as person for many of us.

My sincere condolences to his family and friends.

18 January 2016

Diahann Palmer

The news of Glyn’s passing is deeply saddening. I was honoured to be one of his interns last year as he genuinely cared that I wanted to gain clinical experience along with research from the internship. He invited me to his clinical lectures and even on a patient home visit and I would be forever grateful for that. Even when I was nervous every time I presented data to him, he had a calm way of directing me and I really felt a part of his CNC team, even though I knew my time there would be short. He had a big heart and he would be missed.

18 January 2016

Gaia Scerif

University of Oxford

What a shock. As an attention researcher, when Glyn took over as Head of Department I was in awe because of his intellectual contributions to the field. But, very soon thereafter, I was more than awed by Glyn's relentless ability to support his colleagues, postdocs, students, and even to get through the most tedious admin jobs (exam marking?!?) without batting an eyelid, with patience, just getting things done. And at the same time supporting people's careers, as well as asking kindly about and being sensitive to family commitments. Glyn really made one feel we should all "go for it and do it", because he certainly did. Entirely expectedly, people from all over the world are sharing their sense of loss and their invariably positive memories of this great scientist and of the calm, unassuming "gentleman and gentle man", as a friend once put it. My thoughts are for all of us, but especially for his family, whose loss is greatest.

18 January 2016

Nurit Gronau

Open University of Israel

I did not know Glyn personally, but as a student and a researcher I have read many of his papers with excitement and admiration. His death is a huge loss to the cognitive neuropsychology community and to experimental psychology in general. Glyn’s study has touched almost each and every cognitive psychologist in the field. My condolences to Jane and to his family.

18 January 2016

John Wann

Royal Holloway, University of London

Glyn was generous with his time, generous with his advice, and through that helped many academics and particularly ECRs. It is a great loss to Psychology in the UK and Internationally.

18 January 2016

Sanjay Kumar

Oxford Brookes University

Glyn you had been a true inspiration throughout my academic life. I came to work with you in your lab in 2005 and then you offered me a post doc position. Ever since, you had been a constant motivation and support to me. I am privileged to have known and worked with you for around 8 years, from Birmingham to Oxford. I cannot express how big a loss it has been for me. My family and I offer our deepest condolences.

18 January 2016

Rohays Perry

Editorial Director, Taylor & Francis

I’m so saddened to hear this news. Glyn has been part of my life in publishing since the early 80s, when I first worked on manuscripts for “To See But Not to See” and “Visual Cognition” with him and Jane; later as Editor of the “Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology”, and then as Founding Editor of the journal “Visual Cognition”, amongst many many other projects. He was a wonderful person to work with – we seemed to get a lot done very easily, meetings and phone calls were productive but fun, and I will always treasure the memories of great chats at conferences and dinners around the world, when the conversation would range far and wide. My heartfelt sympathy goes to Jane and all of Glyn’s family, as I understand well how much he will be missed.

18 January 2016

Toby Lloyd-Jones

University of Swansea

I am deeply shocked and saddened to hear that Glyn has died. I was taught by Glyn as an undergraduate and PhD student and I was also fortunate enough to work with him as an RA. I remember thanking him personally for his indispensable advice, support, encouragement and inspiration just before I left his team to take up a lectureship, over 20 years ago. I wish I could do so again now. Glyn was a wonderful man and I was privileged to know him. My heartfelt sympathies go to Jane and her family.

18 January 2016

Linda Wheeldon

University of Birmingham

Glyn gave me my first academic post in Birmingham in 1993 and I feel so lucky to have spent most of my career in the Department he shaped. Under his leadership, we worked in a collaborative and supportive atmosphere that was the envy of many of my colleagues in other institutions. Glyn worked harder than anyone else I knew but also had great perspective and still managed to keep things fun. He was a generous and impressive academic and a kind and supportive man. I can’t believe he has gone.
My deepest sympathy to Jane and to all of his family for their untimely loss.

18 January 2016

Mike Oaksford

Head, Department of Psychological Sciences, Birkbeck College, University of London

On behalf of everyone at Birkbeck I would like to convey our immense sadness on hearing of Glyn’s passing. Glyn was a giant in his area, a lovely man and a great friend of this department where he started his career. He will be sorely missed. Some existing staff were colleagues of Glyn when he started his post-doctoral career here in the 1980s and I had the pleasure of seeing him made a Fellow of Birkbeck College a few years ago. He will be sorely missed. All our thoughts are with his wife Jane and their family.

18 January 2016

Adrian Williams

University Hospitals Birmingham

Glyn was sorely missed by the clinical community in Birmingham when he left for Oxford and we will all be very sad about this news. He was our natural academic boss and made great efforts to cross the clinical divide (the canal in Birmingham) as did Jane to whom we send our condolences. I also remember a fun alcohol-fuelled evening when we were both a lot younger with fond memories & not too many regrets. Also remember grant proposal meetings when he never seemed to delegate the hard work and never responded when others did not seem to know of his eminence and were fooled by his unwarranted humility. Adrian

18 January 2016

Claire Gibson

University of Leicester

Oh behalf of all my colleagues at Leicester I'd like to express our shock and sadness at this news - this is a great loss for those who personally knew Glyn and also for the broader discipline of Psychology.

18 January 2016

Melina Kunar

The University of Warwick

I am shocked and saddened to hear the news. Glyn was my PhD supervisor and an inspirational man. Despite being a giant in the field he always showed enthusiasm to hear about new experiments and new results. Like many people I owe the start of my career to him and he was a brilliant, kind and encouraging mentor. It was an honour to have worked with him and he will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with Jane and his family.

18 January 2016

Claire Shovelton

Bath University

I was truly shocked to hear that Glyn had passed away. His work inspired me as an undergrad and because of this I wanted to come to Birmingham to work with him. As my masters supervisor I found him kind and encouraging. He always made time for people and I never felt rushed during our meetings, despite others queuing up outside his door. Although my PhD research took me down a different path, we met again for my viva. During which he was kind, encouraging and had a reassuring smile throughout, for which I will be eternally grateful. To the man who taught me never to underestimate the use of a good table, you are missed!

18 January 2016

Anthony Beech

University of Birmingham

I cannot but echo some of the comments here, he was a fantastic researcher, a giant in the field and, what always struck me was that he was a really nice person as well, who alway had time for you, both academically and personally.

18 January 2016

Rob Ward

Bangor University

The thing that always amazed me about Glyn is that for someone so busy, he always had time for people. A person with so many accomplishments, and yet who always seemed patient, warm, and open. He was a great influence for me, in many ways, including the fact that he wrote the grant leading to my first real job. Thanks for so many things.

18 January 2016

Yei-Yu Yeh

National Taiwan University

It is very hard to accept the shocking news that saddens my heart deeply. I visited Glyn's group in 2007 for six months. Over that short period of time, I was amazed by how a brilliant mind can function so effectively in so many different domains. It seems that he is a library from which you can get answers to any questions you have in mind. I often wondered how his brain activation would look like inside a scanner, retrieving knowledge from domains in linguistic processing, visual search, memory, neurocomputation, and so on; retrieving detailed information about each patient; keeping track of the research progress that each member in his team and each visiting researcher have made; arranging the experimental schedule for each patient every week. Under Glyn's mentorship, it is no wonder that students and fellows in his group are intrigued by the research questions they pursue and become stellar researchers in their chosen fields. In addition to my admiration of his talents, I was touched by his kindness, compassion, and generosity. When he visited Taiwan, he not only carried out his busy schedule as usual but also found the time to listen to students' presentation on their work despite the imperfection. He was so kind to everyone who had the honor to meet him. I am fortunate to have a chance to know him and will always remember him as a great giant who has contributed so much to the world. Glyn, thank you! We all miss you.....

18 January 2016

Andrew Bateman

Oliver Zangwill Centre

have been hunting my archives for some early pictures ( I was in the School of Psychology in Birmingham 1991-96 when he was Head) I haven't found any yet, what I have been looking at is pictures of the people in the Department enjoying themselves. I recall him playing football or squash in the lunch breaks, and parties at their house, one where he sang Dylan songs.
He organised some memorable retreats to the Lake District, combining rambling with seminars.

One of the direct links with today was his spirit of welcome. In that period we had many young Post-grads come and stay for some weeks or months, from around Europe. It was good for the Dept as well as the visitor. This was an important lesson.

At OZC we continue that tradition with an international visiting scholar scheme, Ana Paula de Periera's visit being the latest example, which has led to the current project with the British Council in Brazil.


My condolences to Jane and all close to him.

18 January 2016

Simon Thorpe

Director of the CerCo (Brain and Cognition Research Center, Toulouse, France)

Like so many I was totally devastated by the news that we had lost Glyn. The outpouring of tributes on this site demonstrates that many people share my real and deep affection for Glyn, both as a top scientist, but also as a very wonderful person. He will be sorely missed by many. My heart goes out in particular to Glyn’s lovely wife Jane.

Glyn was living proof that you can get to the very top in academia without being ruthless. He was always incredibly kind and thoughtful with me, as he was with everyone. I remember visiting Birmingham some 20 years ago and being invited to stay and Glyn and Jane’s beautiful house in the leafy suburbs.

What fond memories we will all have of this wonderful man.

18 January 2016

Terry Eskenazi

École Normale Supérieure, Paris

Utterly stunned and deeply saddened by Glyn's untimely and unexpected departure. Not only was he a truly great scientist but also a disarmingly humble and genuinely kind and supportive person. He was my first PhD supervisor and I will forever be indebted for all that he has done for me.

My thoughts are with Jane, his family and friends...

18 January 2016

Setu Havanur

former student of University of Birmingham

I got familiar with Glyn's work during my master's degree in India. Read a few parts of his book "Visual Cognition". The work fascinated me and helped me decide my Ph.D interest. I was overjoyed when I was accepted by Glyn (along with Harriet Allen) to do my Ph.D with him. I had never met him before and somewhere inside I had started to feel I had taken a risk of choosing a very famous scientist as my supervisor for fear of not getting enough time from him. But my fears were put to rest after just one meeting with him which happened in a classroom. I vividly remember the warmth and smile with which he greeted me and that smile was never to change.

What amazed me was his childlike curiosity "to know". I would come out of every meeting thinking how insightful he was. I remember the funny instances when he would correct my English especially the use of the article "the" (have I got it correct? :) ). His greatness lay in the fact that he corrected you without ever making you feel small or inferior. I learnt a great deal about research and teaching from him but a greater lesson was to be about life...about being grounded, being kind and much more. I owe much to him more than I can describe in a small paragraph.

Glyn, you have left us but you have left much with us and that will continue to live and inspire many.

I send my deepest condolences to Jane and the family.

18 January 2016

Karen Lander

University of Manchester

I met Glyn in 1999 when he was external examiner for my PhD. I had spent the previous few weeks reading all I could of his work and wondering at the depth and breadth of the content, worrying about how I could possibly discuss my own work with this man. However when it came to it, Glyn was very nice and put me at ease straight away. We ended up having a really interesting and stimulating chat. At the end of the viva, Glyn generously offered to work with me and his much loved patient HJA, to follow up on some of our discussed questions. I travelled several times down to the University of Birmingham and under his hugely supportive guidance (and that of my PhD supervisor Professor Vicki Bruce) this work resulted in a short paper. It was such a fantastic opportunity and privilage to work with Glyn, albeit briefly.

Since then, on many occasions, Glyn has been extremely helpful and supportive. He was an inspirational and brilliant scientist but also an incredibly approachable and kind person. I was very sad to hear of Glyn’s death.

18 January 2016

Dominic Abrams

University of Kent

I am very sorry to hear of Glyn’s death. I gradually came to know him over a number of years during which he generously devoted effort to help us develop cognitive psychology at the University of Kent. I greatly appreciated his warmth, intellect, diplomacy and surefootedness while he was chairing the REF panel for Psychology. It was a role that he was perhaps uniquely suited to and in which he genially demonstrated the extraordinary breadth and depth of knowledge, his unwavering commitment to the whole discipline of psychology, and his ability to create a cohesive and effective team. He was admired and respected by everyone that worked with him. I count myself lucky to have had the opportunity to do so and will miss him greatly.

17 January 2016

Christine Roffe

Keele University

As stroke specialty lead of the West Midlands Clinical Research Network I would like to express my condolences and those of the our chair Peter Mayer and of the principle investigators and research staff in the West Midlands whose life was touched by Glyn to you and to Glyn's family. He was lovely to work with, and his warm and caring attitude affected the tone of our steering group meetings. His studies were liked by our research facilitators and patients alike. He inspired several members of the researcher team to develop projects of their own. His studies will go on and the results are affecting care of patients now will continue to do so in future. He will be sadly missed.

17 January 2016

Laurel Buxbaum

Thomas Jefferson University

Long before I met him, I viewed the creativity, productivity, insightfulness, and scientific rigor of Glyn's work with deep admiration. His work (some with Jane) has had a major formative influence on my thinking. I was fortunate to be able to spend time with him and Jane a few years ago in Amsterdam, where we had dinner, shared a bottle of wine, and talked about our children, among other things. It was a lovely evening, and I was grateful to learn that a man so prolific and brilliant could also be so kind, gentle, and humorous. Just last week, we exhanged emails and discussed collaborating on a project related to action competition, so it was shocking to learn of his passing. We have lost an important scientist and a great model for how to conduct oneself personally. My deepest sympathies are with Jane and his friends and family.

17 January 2016

Lilach Shalev

Tel-Aviv University, Israel

My mind and my heart refuse to accept Glyn's unperceivable death.

I have first met Glyn 20 years ago. He was already a world leading figure. I arrived to Birmingham to do a 1-year post-doc in his lab. Back then I was a young mother (of a 10-months old baby) in a new country, a new lab and a new field of research. Given these complicated circumstances that year could have been a complete disaster for me, both professionally and personally. Indeed I had a solid background in cognitive psychology; however I knew almost nothing about cognitive neuropsychology. However, very quickly I realized how lucky and privileged I was to have Glyn as my post-doc supervisor. Together with Jane they embraced us and let us feel at home. Glyn was constantly aware of and attentive to my goals as well as to my needs and limitations. Since the very first meeting with him I was fascinated by the breadth and depth of his knowledge and by his scientific thinking that were reflected in countless topics of cognitive neuropsychology. Each meeting was challenging and productive. I was amazed by the fact that patients arrived to the lab on a weekly basis and thank to Glyn's quick introduction I found it extremely interesting to test these special patients week after week. The way Glyn treated the patients and their families was admirable. He meant so much to all of them. The unique combination he had of charisma, wisdom, sensitivity and humor touched numerous students, collaborators, colleagues, patients as well as others.

Although over the years Glyn became incredibly busy, he managed to switch perfectly between paying attention to the small (local) but crucial details and the large (global) complex ideas and theories. Glyn was a Giant in more than one sense. His legacy to the field of cognitive neuropsychology is immense. Glyn's devotion to develop theory driven assessment tools and evidence-based rehabilitation programs for stroke patients was outstanding and produced valuable contributions that affected real people in their everyday life.

He will continue to inspire me forever.

My family and I send our deepest condolences to Jane, the children and the grandchildren.

17 January 2016

Elaine Fox

Glyn’s PA 1986 – 2008

I was deeply saddened to hear that Glyn had passed away so suddenly. I can only think of him firing on all cylinders doing too many things at once and giving everything his all.

I worked very closely with Glyn as his PA from 1986 – 2008 and enjoyed the friendship we built up with all our Patients, Controls and Ph.D. students and of course ‘the Erasmus Students’ . Everybody did their best for Glyn as he did for them which is why it was such a successful group. We enjoyed many different social gatherings together, Patients & ‘the group’ which we will all remember. It is so lovely to read such heartfelt tributes to Glyn (and so many names from the past) and I know Glyn enjoyed all he did for you as much as the other way round.....he did know what you thought of him !! He will be greatly missed but never forgotten.

17 January 2016

Iain Gilchrist

University of Bristol

Like so many, I am deeply saddened and shocked by Glyn's death. I also I know that I am one of so many who's life has been profoundly shaped and deeply enriched by this great man.

Between 1992 and 1995 I studied for a PhD in Birmingham with Glyn and Jane. Twenty years later I see their influence on my work everyday.

Glyn genuinely cared about the community he was part of: nurturing and supporting students and colleagues was central to him. I will forever be grateful for the support and advice he offered me throughout my career.

Glyn gave so much of his time and energy to so many. As a consequence I know that I, like so many others, will have to try and be a standard bearer for his approach to a life in science. He build communities that produced breathtakingly beautiful and innovate science while valuing humility and always respecting, listening and learning from others, whoever they were.

My thoughts are with Jane and the family.

17 January 2016

Alan Kingstone

University of British Columbia, Vancouver

In 1990 Glyn was the external examiner for my PhD at the University of Manchester. I had never met Glyn before, and it began on a shaky note. In a classic nightmare scenario, I was about 20 minutes late for my 1 pm defence, as I had a total brain-freeze on the exam's room number. And with everyone off for lunch at the time it was rather difficult to find someone who could tell me where the defence was being held. When I finally did make it to the room, I was out of breath and terribly embarrassed. Glyn broke the ice by having a good laugh and inviting me to just relax and compose myself. And his first examination question was incredibly generous: Would I be interested in publishing my work in the journal (QJEP) that he was editing? In this elegant way he was letting me know that my research thesis was adequate and I would pass the viva. (And I did publish my thesis in QJEP, and I can vividly recall Glyn's personal note of congratulations on what was my initial first-author publication.) Since then, and on numerous occasions, Glyn was similarly supportive and kind. I am profoundly grateful to have had his remarkable life intercept with my own. There can be no doubt that I benefited far more from it than Glyn. He will be forever missed.

17 January 2016

Charu Raghavan

PhD student, University of Oxford

Glyn..words cannot express how sad and empty I feel without my mentor, role model and father figure. I first met him in 2009 in Birmingham as a Masters’ student- naïve and hesitant with dreams that he made me believe were worth believing in and working towards. His confidence in me along with the influence of his wonderful team at Birmingham, helped me find my vision, voice and the motivation to want to do better each day so that he would be proud of me.

During my time with him in my Masters', there was one distinctive moment that comes to mind. I was to present our work at the BNS conference in London in 2009. The magnitude of the platform overwhelmed me. As I walked up to present, I saw him walk into the auditorium, smiling encouragingly. As I completed my talk and made my way back, he was getting ready to leave. On his way out, he tapped on my shoulder and with a big smile on his face said, “ You did great!” In that moment, as I realized that he had taken the time from his busy schedule, just to come and support me that morning, all my uncertainties disappeared and I knew that our association was not going to end so soon.

This proved to be true when 3 years later, Glyn accepted me for a PhD with him in Oxford in 2013. Since then, he has actively guided me in my academic path as well as shaped my personality in many ways. Glyn led by example and was (is) tremendously inspiring. What I loved most about Glyn was that he always looked at his students and thought about how he could give them what they needed to grow, rather than judge them for their shortcomings. He gave me opportunities to work in very complex situations and projects during my PhD. He taught me to work independently but was a steady presence in the background always keeping an eye out, steering and guiding me and helping me with whatever I needed. He was such a wonderful supervisor-when there were times that going to hospitals for the projects would not give any space to have weekday meetings with him, he has even come in to the lab on bank holidays and weekends to have meetings.

I miss you tremendously Glyn and a part of me still thinks that you are going to come running down the stairs to have an impromptu meeting tomorrow. Your warmth, energy and enthusiasm pervade through the Cognitive Neuropsychology Centre and I feel your presence amidst us. Now in this final stage of my PhD, I feel lost without you, your perspective and guidance. Just your sheer presence made this PhD so much more fulfilling. I believe though that you will see me through the path we set out on together. I hope that you will be smiling down upon me with your nod of approval, as I walk out of that viva this year.Thank you for being you and for helping me to find me. Together with Jane, I will forever be indebted to both of you for believing in me. I am certain that your monumental contributions and legacy will live on just as your memories in our hearts.

17 January 2016

Tudor Popescu

TU Dresden

It is hard not to keep thinking back to how unfair it is that a man so respected, admired and beloved passed away when he still had so much more to give. Let us instead try to think of the tremendous inspiring force Glyn has been for young scientists spanning several generations. I for one realise how privileged I am to have been one of them. I will remember him not only as my caring and encouraging supervisor, the one to whom I owe having passed the doctoral rite of passage, but - like everyone else who worked with him - also as an efficient but gentle leader, an astute and profound scientific mind, and an empathic neuropsychologist whom his patients adored.

Whenever I felt I lost faith in academia, thinking back to Glyn's role-model - how he managed to humbly but decidedly show that you *can* be a brilliant academic yet not lose your humanity and approachability - made me smile and feel inspired to carry on.
Thank you, dearest Glyn, we will not forget you.

17 January 2016

Peter Hansen

University of Birmingham

What a loss. I first met Glyn when he came to scan in FMRIB in Oxford in the late nineties and I helped with his experiments there. He was wise and he was kind. Later he encouraged me to move to Birmingham and help set up the imaging centre there. What a role model. Glyn was the driving force behind the establishment of BUIC and its founding Director. He was such a great inspiration both professionally and personally to those who knew him. It seems so terribly unfair. He will be so sorely missed. It was a privilege to have known him and a challenge to live up to the standards he set. My thoughts to Jane, family and friends.

17 January 2016

Jan and Femi Oyebode

University of Bradford

Femi and I were both shocked to hear of Glyn’s sudden death. Both of us had contact with him during our working lives in Birmingham and he, Jane and family were also neighbours. We have happy memories of rehearsing recorder pieces for our residents’ association annual music hall, Glyn taking this as seriously as he did his Psychology. I also recall a neighbours’ meal to which we all brought a favourite musical track. Alongside the array of common pop and rock tunes brought along by the rest of us, Glyn contributed a track by Arvo Pärt, a typically distinctive contribution. He, and his contributions to psychology, will be missed.

17 January 2016

Ian Mitchell

University of Birmingham

Twenty years ago, when I needed to move to Birmingham, a friend advised me to telephone Glyn and ask him for a job. I protested that this would be far too bold a step. Having been out of academic psychology for several years, I had never met the man. “Don’t worry” came the reply, “Glyn’s a good guy, he’ll look after you.” And so it proved to be. With quiet efficiency and great generosity, Glyn welcomed me into the School. He was a wonderful boss, great scientist and useful on the football pitch. He will be sorely missed. My sincere condolences to Jane.

17 January 2016

Vicki Bruce

Newcastle University

What dreadful, shocking news. Such trauma and misery for Jane, his family and colleagues, and so sad for so many of the rest of us. I had the pleasure of getting to know Glyn many years ago when we wrote a book together and have observed his work since then with awe. He's led and shaped so many different areas of our science, built up Birmingham, taken charge at Oxford, chaired the REF and shouldered numerous other administrative burdens too. And always with brilliance, humility and humour. A huge loss, far too soon.

17 January 2016

John Duncan

MRC Cambridge

After such a shock, it’s hard to know where to begin expressing the affection, admiration and sympathy that so many of us feel. With his insight, modesty and profound gentleness, and his love of cricket, wine and the blues, Glyn was a special friend for more than thirty years. I don’t think I ever saw him try to look clever or make his presence felt, his presence just was felt because he had so many ideas, such a clear vision of what needed to be done, and such a willingness to push the boat out however far it needed to go. Once I was introducing a talk of his, and began outlining the areas of the field he and Jane had contributed to – having listed attention, neglect and visual search, reading, semantics, actions and affordances, executive functions and the frontal lobe, vision and object recognition I realized it would have been quicker just to list what they hadn’t worked on, and could only come up with amnesia (quite likely I had just missed whatever they had done there.) Over the years I came to expect that, when Glyn spoke in Cambridge, the next day colleague after colleague would be coming up to me and saying how they had been inspired by a new idea and would be trying it out for themselves.

Since around 1980, Glyn and Jane, with my wife Marge Eldridge and I, have shared enthusiasms and ideas, watched our families grow up, nursed hangovers (Glyn always found it very funny how easily he could give me a hangover), and shared adventures from the snowy cobbles of Bressanone (where Glyn and I spectacularly failed to learn to ski, Glyn invented his own unique solution to riding a pommel lift, and finally it was Marge who crazily took their eldest boy down the black run), to three days trapped in Tel Aviv by the Icelandic ash cloud, where we had booked ourselves into the nastiest possible hotel, Glyn and I had sighed and started to settle in, and Jane just said, “Glyn!!” and we moved. I don’t think I ever saw Glyn in a bad mood, or heard him speak sharply to the children – that wasn’t his way. His way was just to know what needed to be done, and get on with it. So sorry.

17 January 2016

Ling Wang

South China Normal University

I am deeply saddened and shocked by Glyn’s sudden passing. He has been a Visiting Professor at School of Psychology, South China Normal University since 2014 January. Glyn was always generous in sharing his knowledge with colleagues here and giving helpful comments on our research. He is not only a brilliant scientist, but also a friendly and warm person. We had a good time each time when Glyn and his wife, Jane, visited us. The good time with them covered both the discussion of results/research and leisure activities (or the combination of them).

Glyn is a man with his own principles. When the first time he and Jane visited us in 2013 January, we invited them for a Chinese massage. We all enjoyed it. Glyn said he and Jane would take the massage again next time when they visit us, but they must pay as reciprocation. When the second time they visited us in 2013 July, we went to the spa again, after a whole afternoon discussion of my research. I would feel very embarrassed if I let him (a guest) pay for the massage, especially after spending his time listening to the presentation of the students in my lab and giving helpful advice. So I cheated him, telling him that the spa doesn’t accept foreign credit cards. He did not have enough cash. So he had no choice, but he said they would come again next time armed with cash. When the third time they visited us in 2014 January, Glyn accepted the Visiting Professor position and gave a talk. After the discussion of my research, we went to the spa. Glyn succeeded.

17 January 2016

Martin Edwards

Université Catholique de Louvain

I was lucky enough to work with Glyn (and Jane) for three (+) years for my PhD in neuropsychology, and for two years as a postdoc in experimental psychology. This period of time set me up for the rest of my career. Glyn had so many qualities. It is impossible to list them all. For me, I think the three most important things that I learned from Glyn were: (i) to take special care when selecting and delivering information to others; (ii) to consider that the current research findings may be incorrect (allowing for oneself to change one’s opinions over the years), and; (iii) to care dearly about everyone that ever works or collaborates with you (for ever). I will dearly miss my mentor. His passing is a great loss to science and to society. However, I am confident that his scientific family will continue with his aspirations and thirst for understanding brain and behaviour, and I am sure that wherever he is now, he will already be running experiments and inspiring others.

17 January 2016

Kate Kuzmina

The University of Hong Kong

Professor Glyn Humphreys was one of those rare brilliant and kind people who you meet once and will remember forever. After each meeting with him, I was not only ten times smarter than before, but also I was inspired, motivated and warmed with his smiling eyes, great sense of humor and his confidence in my abilities. I believe that Glyn had a happy and fulfilled life up to his very last day. I will always remember him smiling, attentive and ready to listen, discuss and work. I recall what one of my colleagues said when we saw Glyn and Jane together in Hong Kong three years ago: “They are like two kind fairy tail wizards!”

Dear Glyn, your presence motivated me to keep on working on myself and the memory of you will continue to inspire me in the future. I am very grateful to you!

17 January 2016

Gerry Altmann

University of Connecticut

I was deeply saddened and shocked to hear of Glyn’s premature passing. He had a profound influence on so many of us. I got to know him when he was President of the Experimental Psychology Society, and I feel privileged to have worked with him. His contributions to science have been extraordinary, and his service to the field has undoubtedly been a force for good. This is a huge loss for us all.

17 January 2016

Dana Samson

Université Catholique de Louvain

Glyn has been a wonderful mentor to me. I am forever grateful for the trust and freedom he gave me while I was a postdoc in his lab and for his support ever since. He will remain to me the most inspirational figure in academia. He always looked for evidence rather than fame as well as fairness and efficiency rather than power. I will never forget his passion for experimental work (so many buzzing and clever ideas about experimental designs). His humility made him always approachable and his incredible respect, patience and confidence let the young scientists he was working with grow at their own pace. Glyn’ and Jane’s care for their team made us all feel part of a big family. I will always treasure all those special and happy moments together. Cher Glyn, merci du fond du cœur pour ton soutien!

17 January 2016

Orna Rosenthal

University of Birmingham

When I started my work with Glyn I was very impressed by his openness to my suggestion of a research project, which was aside of his main research directions at that time, and his willingness to give it a go. Soon I learned that this was typical for Glyn.

Glyn was blessed with talents and vivid energy. He was a great leading scientist who had incredibly broad fields of research interest and great influence in those fields. But uniquely, he was also endowed with high interpersonal intelligence and innate human warmth and kindness. His sensitivity and real caring about anyone who worked with him --and the wise and respectful way he interacted with people -- is evidential in this memorial.

Also unique was the democratic approach in his leadership and his encouragement of a vivid community and positive atmosphere in in the groups which he led.

Glyn was a great true leader. His passing is a terrible loss to science and to each of us.

17 January 2016

Alessia Correani PhD

Birmingham University (2006-2010)

Glyn, it would be reductive saying you have been "just" my PhD supervisor for four years because you have done so much more than that for me.

You have given me a new pair of eyes to look the world, to question its functioning, you tough me how to ask questions instead of trying to accept evidences as they were; how to be critical, inquisitive and elaborate and break down complex problems and make sense of them in a beautifully piece of scientific evidence which I very much use in my job today despite I move away from this field. I'm proud of having my name next to yours.

We also shared the desire to try change the world, help patients (your so beloved patients!). You were always kind and empathising with them and transferred this to us. I will be always grateful to you for giving me this opportunity and despite your discrete and polite way of managing working relationship, your passion, charisma and force were shining through. You represent an icon in the world of Neuroscience and Neuropychology and this page is the prove of the great legacy you have left behind.

The most beautiful way of remembering you and paying you a tribute is recognising to you the great learnings you gave us, how special you are and how much you have done for everyone who worked and collaborated with you. And here is mine.

Thank you Glyn. I will always have you in my heart.
Sending my love to Jane and Katie.

17 January 2016

Marietta Remoundou

ICPS College, Athens

I feel bewildered by his sudden departure and difficult to come in terms with it.

Just before Christmas Glyn accepted the invitation to come and give a talk at the University of Athens, for the celebration of 60 years of cognitive psychology. “It would be nice to be in Athens in spring” responded instantly to my email…

Prof. Humphreys (as I used to call him for quite some time as a fresher PhD student) before anything was a sensitive, open-minded, approachable and humble person.

During those years at the Hills Building (1997-2003) Glyn taught me how to research human behavior, get intrigued by the secrets of the brain-mind connection and be inspired by neuropsychology research. My memories are alive and vivid untouched by time and in many respects I see that I often refer back to them as a turning point in my life.

The tragic news found me unprepared but with a lot to keep on for the years to come. Spring in Athens would be gloomy this year although I feel that Glyn would be around to keep his promise.

Farewell Prof. Humphreys may you rest in peace.

17 January 2016

Muriel Boucart

I met Glyn as a post-doc in 1989. I worked two years with him at the school of psychology university of Birmingham. Glyn introduced me to his famous patients HJA and GK and to his wonderful family in Chantry road. As many people I am devastated by his too early passing. Glyn has taught me everything about cognitive neuropsychology. I owe him my career as CNRS researcher. I will remember him for his kindness, his patience with young foreign researchers who have difficulties to communicate in English and as one of the most brilliant cognitive psychologist.

17 January 2016

Max Coltheart

Macquarie University

I am profoundly saddened by this news. I was at Birkbeck in 1980 when Glyn, having finished his PhD in Bristol, took up a lectureship at Birkbeck. So I knew him a long time.. Here are two photos from that era

The first was at a joint meeting of the UK and Italian experimental psychology societies at Padova in the early 80s. Many famous faces there: Glyn on extreme right, scratching his head: perhaps because John Duncan, next to him, has just asked him a question about visual attention. John also looks a bit puzzled about what the answer to his own question might be.

And in the photograph below are Glyn and Jane, and many other distinguished cognitive neuropsychologists, at a cognitive neuropsychology conference in Venice in the early 80s that I organised with Remo Job and Bepi Sartori.

17 January 2016

Appy Sahu

Glyn's sudden passing is difficult to accept.

I had the good fate of collaborating with Glyn during my post-doc year. For a man of such professional stature, he was ever so modest, compassionate, patient, conscientious, gentle ... He reinforced my beliefs about life and research in the most simplistic and practical way, that no matter what, every idea/ thought has a way to become a reality, and to never give up on bringing them into existence until giving it a fair shot.

My heartfelt condolences to his family, and colleagues at CNC.

17 January 2016

Kamen Tsvetanov

University of Cambridge

Deeply saddened by his sudden death, many old memories emerged going back all the way to my arrival in the UK. It was early 2008 when I decided to transition from engineering to neuroscience. I send a request for honorary work directly to the HoD of Psychology at the University of Birmingham, who at the time was Glyn. To my surprise Glyn not only responded, but arranged one-to-one meetings with half-dozen Professors at the Department (including himself) to find a suitable project for me. After a few months of volunteering, Glyn gave me one more unique opportunity towards transitioning – to start a PhD degree in his lab.

Glyn made tremendous contributions to the psychology and neuroscience community, but what was unique about Glyn was his positive and charismatic influence on students and colleagues that went beyond his advice of research. My motivation to take and complete challenges was often driven by the desire to win his approval, which he gave in a way to inspire me even more. I will be eternally grateful for Glyn’s immense influence on my personal and professional life. My thoughts are with Jane and the family.

16 January 2016

Molly Crockett

University of Oxford

I first met Glyn when interviewing for my first faculty position at Oxford. I was impressed by his warmth and clear leadership, and everyone I spoke to in the department was full of praise for him. I felt confident beginning my faculty career in a department under his guidance. Over the past two years Glyn has been immensely helpful to me, reading countless drafts of grant applications and always available to offer advice or simply a sympathetic ear. Our department will never be the same without his calm and steady presence. I will always remember him as a profound and positive influence on my early career.

16 January 2016

SINP (Societa' Italiana di Neuropsicologia)

We are really sad and shocked by this news. Glyn was an outstanding neuropsychologist and many of us had the privilege to collaborate with him in different occasions.

Our thoughts and condolescence to his wife, Jane, his family, and to the colleagues of his Department.

16 January 2016

Peter Hagoort

Radboud University Nijmegen

I am saddened by the untimely and unexpected death of Glyn. In the last 6 years Glyn played an important role as the chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour at the Radboud University (Nijmegen, the Netherlands). As chair of our SAB Glyn payed regular visits to our institute. Staff and directorate of the Donders Institute remember him as a friendly and warm person, with a lot of wisdom and helpful advise. In his role as chair of the SAB he has been tremendously supportive to the Donders Institute. We are shocked by the loss of the chair of our Scientific Advisory Board, and we wish his wife Jane Riddoch and further family strength in this difficult period.

16 January 2016

Mireia Hernández

University Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona)

I still remember so vividly my first appointment with Glyn. It was February 2008. We met one early morning in his office in Birmingham. I was about to start my first research adventure abroad. Of course I was nervous: I didn’t know him personally yet, and wondered whether I would meet his standards. He welcomed me so kindly…, I felt at home at once. From then until now, he’s been there to listen and support every initiative. I will always remember Glyn with the deepest affection.

16 January 2016

Debbie Chan

The University of Hong Kong

I had the pleasure of meeting Glyn during a summer internship at Oxford. Before arriving at Oxford, I was anticipating to spend most of the two months without much opportunity to have face-to-face discussion with such a prestigious professor. However, it was not the case. Glyn would find time from his busy schedule even if it meant meeting on an empty stomach. I am so grateful to him for his guidance.

I was and still am deeply saddened by his passing. He will be missed.

Thank you Glyn for your generosity and kindness, even to those at the bottom of the academia ladder.

16 January 2016

Charles Leek

Bangor University

I am so deeply saddened, and shocked, by this news.

I feel privileged to have known Glyn since we first met in 1988.

Brilliant, prolific, unassuming, generous, patient, gracious. An inspiration to so many people - as a scientist and as a person.

My thoughts to Jane, family and colleagues.

16 January 2016

Jon Evans

University of Glasgow

Like everyone I was shocked and saddened to hear that Glyn had died so suddenly. I listened to him speaking at a conference in Oxford just before Christmas and as always he was insightful, creative, stimulating and modest. He is one of those rare people who was able to apply an immense intellect and academic rigour to the problems faced by people after brain injury. He provided clinicians with the knowledge and tools to help assess and understand cognitive deficits that impact so greatly on the lives of people with whom we work. There was clearly so much more that he was going to do, but I am immensely grateful for what he did.

16 January 2016

Randi Starrfelt

University of Copenhagen

I first met Glyn as a naïve Erasmus-student having the privilege of staying in his Birmingham-lab in 1998. The amount of attention, supervision, and patience he showed even visiting undergrads like myself was impressive, but the warmth of his personality made an even greater impression. My most treasured memory is of him playing guitar and singing at his and Jane’s annual Christmas party. Only hours before I received the sad news of his too early departure, I had emailed with Glyn about dates for visiting him in Oxford. I am sorry that will not happen, and sorry the world has lost such a brilliant person and personality. My condolences to Jane and the family: You can be sure he will live on in the minds of all the people he inspired, helped, and touched.

16 January 2016

Mike Burton

University of York

I am so sorry to hear this news. Glyn was an inspirational figure. The breadth of his contribution to psychology was remarkable, and his ability to work across fields marked him out as a really outstanding scientist. He was also a very generous person, giving his time and efforts to support many individual colleagues and institutions. I was always hugely impressed by Glyn’s natural leadership. On several occasions I saw him draw together groups of people with disparate views, always with wisdom and good humour. He is irreplaceable.

16 January 2016

Giles Anderson

formerly of the University of Birmingham

Glyn was warm, funny, generous, and had the brain the size of a small planet. As my PhD supervisor, his towering presence often reassured me that there was still some hope in the world, and his long scrawled corrections often drove me to distraction.

I miss him and send my love to Jane and their family.

16 January 2016

Anne Hillstrom

University of Southampton

I’m so sad to hear of Glyn’s passing. I only had a few conversations with him, at conferences, but those conversations were deeply influential. He welcomed people, listened carefully to them, thought deeply, and spoke gently. That form of kindness will be my lasting impression of him. That and the breadth of his intellectual curiosity and mastery. His death will leave a large hole in our community.

16 January 2016

Michael Rugg

University of Texas at Dallas

Glyn's passing comes as a terrible shock. He was a giant of cognitive neuroscience and neuropsychology, a gifted scientist, a wonderful mentor, and a generous and delightful person.

On behalf of myself and all at Neuropsychologia, where Glyn published many papers over his career, my condolences to Jane and the family.

16 January 2016

Chrystalina Antoniades

University of Oxford

I have been deeply saddened by Glyn’s news.
I have known Glyn and his group for five years, through setting up a collaboration to adapt the cognitive tablet to test Parkinson’s patients. The last couple of years we have also been working together on an arts and neuroscience project; one of his many interests. A great scientist and an academic giant. A simply wonderful and compassionate person.

Thank you for all your advice, help, guidance and above all the kindness you have shown me. It has been a privilege to have known you. You will always be remembered!

Our thoughts are with Jane and the family.

16 January 2016

Mihaela Duta

University of Oxford

It was an absolute privilege and honour to work with Glyn during his time in Oxford. He was an extraordinary man, with a brilliant mind and a wonderful personality. He always had a smile on his face, a sparkle in his eyes, and time for whoever needed it. His kindness and generosity were overwhelming. He will be badly missed.

Glyn, I owe you more than I can express in words. Thank you for everything.

16 January 2016

Jennifer Lau

King's College London

I only had the privilege of working with Glyn for a short time when he was my head of department at Oxford. But even in that short time he made a deep impression. He was a hugely inspirational scientist, a visionary leader, a sympathetic line manager and a supportive colleague. May he rest in peace.

16 January 2016

Michael Lamb

University of Cambridge

I was shocked and saddened to learn of Glyn's greatly premature death. I met Glyn through the REF panel that he chaired so expertly and sensitively, creating an esprit-de-corps that allowed a large and diverse group of psychologists, neuroscientists, psychiatrists, and neuro-surgeons to work together respectfully and productively. His own ratings were fair and insightful; I learned something from each discussion we had. Glyn was a great leader, a great scientist, and a lovely person. His untimely death is a great loss to British psychology and to the field more generally.

16 January 2016

David Clark

University of Oxford

Stop the clocks. Muffle the drums. Glyn was very special. We hadn’t met until we were appointed together as Oxford Chairs . However, I soon found Glyn to be a wonderful colleague and shining beacon of optimism. Always available, always generous, always thoughtful and never pretentious, Glyn has been a transformative head of department. His sudden death has been an enormous shock. Psychology has lost a brilliant experimentalist who also had that rare ability to consistently translate his findings into something that is a genuine help to patients. Thank You Glyn for showing so many of us a better way.

16 January 2016

Sam Schwarzkopf

University College London

I met Glyn when I was working at the University of Birmingham during my first postdoc. He was Head of Department at the time. I never got to know him very well but he was always very supportive of me, especially when I went through a dark part of my life. Discussing with him kept me grounded when I was ready to give up. I know he was a kind and great supervisor to his lab. He will be missed.

16 January 2016

Joy Wu

I was a research assistant in Glyn's lab for only two months but it is long enough to let me know him and admire him.

He gave a Chinese student (who was just a stranger to him) unique opportunities to work in his lab. Even when i am back to China, he still gave great support via email to let me try anything i am interested in. I wrote my first proposal under his supervision. It was not a mature idea, even a little naive. However, he spent his precious time discussing with me. We modified and improved it to become a practical experiment. In this two months, I gained much more than what i had learned in three college years - about how to do good research, how to be a good researcher and how to be a good person. My confidence came from him. It was his encouragement that opened a new world for me. I would not become the me today without him. I will be always grateful to him for all his support.

16 January 2016

Celine Gillebert

University of Oxford

Glyn and I met for the first time in 2006, when I joined his lab in Birmingham as a MSc intern. Within a few days he had already transferred to me his fascination for neuropsychology and passion for science. Despite being only an undergraduate at that time, he immediately treated me as an equal while gently teaching me the tricks of the trade. Seven months later I left his lab with three manuscripts in preparation. This fruitful start has undoubtedly contributed to the rest of my career.

I moved back to this lab as a post-doctoral fellow in 2012, soon after Glyn became HoD of the Experimental Psychology Department at the University of Oxford. In Oxford he went well beyond the call of duty: he found a flexible solution for my two-body problem, supported me in grant applications at a critical stage in my career, and stimulated my growth towards independence.

What remains most vivid for me, however, is his kind and lovely personality. I will always remember that Glyn and Jane were among the first to visit Dante and me after the birth of our daughter – Glyn could not wait to hold Claire in his arms. He must have been an amazing dad and granddad – my thoughts go out to Jane, his children and grandchildren.

16 January 2016

Elvira Masoura

Department of Psychology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

I have met him here in Thessaloniki when he came to give the keynote speech at the “2nd Hellenic Conference on Cognitive Psychology” in November 2008. Although I did not know him he accepted very kindly my invitation to give that speech. It seemed that he and Jane enjoyed their visit in Greece. He was a pure scientist, a clear thinker and very smart. Most of all he was a great person.

16 January 2016

Andy Smith

Royal Holloway University of London

I'm not sure I can think of any other scientist whose commitment and enthusiasm for science is quite as relentless as was Glyn's. He was an inspiration - in how to be a scientist as well as how to do science. A shocking loss.

16 January 2016

Magdalena Chechlacz

University of Oxford

Glyn was an amazing mentor. He was my PhD and postdoctoral supervisor. It was such a privilege to work with him. He will be missed intensely. I miss him and I am so very sad, not only because I lost my mentor but also because this opportunity has been taken away from others. Glyn made you feel that sky’s the limit and that you could fly knowing that he would be there to catch you.

Swapping careers, from biology to cognitive neuropsychology, was both exciting and challenging. And Glyn made it possible and fun. I used to start all my lab talks by saying “I am not a psychologist”, partly to explain that my take on things was different and partly out of insecurity of knowing so little while having Glyn in the audience. I remember Glyn telling me that I need to stop doing it, to stop selling myself short. He has never made you feel inferior. He was an incredibly kind, very generous and very patient teacher. He had this amazing ability to impart his knowledge and experience without trying to change your individual way of seeing things.

His legacy will continue forever!!!

16 January 2016

Anne Giersch


I have been working with Glyn for only a few months, and years ago. I had loved my short stays in Birmingham, thanks to the kind support of Glyn and Jane, their warm welcome, their open-mindedness, the loads I learned from them, both human and scientific, and thanks to the lab they had brought to life. Learning about Glyn’s death today leaves me unbelieving. The unique combination of kindness and brainpower that made him who he was has made an eternal impression on my mind. All my thoughts go to Jane.

15 January 2016

Richard Lutz

Glyn and Jane were our neighbours in Bham.. We have all lost a kind compassionate friend.. A real gentleman

16 January 2016

Mauro Mancuso

CRT. Arezzo-Italy

The first time I met Glyn I came the day after the one of the appointment by mistake. Even though I was a complete stranger to him and had already wasted some of his precious time, he gave me a second appointment the day after, without even batting an eye. I already understood what a special man he was and I was immediately proud to have known him.

Today we have lost a great scientist but overall we have lost a great friend.
Thank you Glyn for all the time you have spent with us.

16 January 2016

Juan M. Galeazzi

University of Oxford

Professor Glyn Humphreys was undoubtedly one of the most brilliant scientists of our time, but most of all he was a wonderful human being. There are many words that come to my mind to describe Glyn. He was generous, caring, approachable, unpretentious, genuine, but if I had to choose one word would be inspirational. His actions spoke volumes about his character. Everyone described Glyn in the highest possible terms, which only made me want to get to know him better and work with him. I recently had the privilege to be part of his lab as a researcher and get to know first hand what a wonderful scientist he was.

My wife Laura and I will always be incredibly grateful to him and we are deeply saddened by his departure. I hope his loved ones may find some peace and comfort on all the lovely memories and thinking of what a wonderful, successful, happy and fulfilling life Glyn had.

Once more, Thank you Glyn.

16 January 2016

Patrick Haggard

Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London

Glyn made a fantastic contribution to his field, and to the experiences of everyone he worked with. His dedication to his work was outstanding, and he has left an enduring legacy to several areas of psychology. He was never arrogant, made everyone feel valued, and gave unstinting service to others in many roles. He demonstrated a combination of outstanding scientific and human qualities, and he will be missed by the entire community.

16 January 2016

Pia Rotshtein

University of Birmingham

Glyn was truly one of a kind, a rare combination of a brilliant academic along with very humane personality. He is an inspiration on many levels, from his never ending curiosity and excitement about new results to his true respecting and caring approach to the people around him. He was gentle, humble and a good listener – yet passionate, driven and determined at the same time. Everything was possible. He had a magical ability to push people forward spreading his energy and enthusiasm. I already miss him.

16 January 2016

Shihui Han

Peking University

I was shocked and fell in deep deep sorrow when hearing of Glyn's passing. My Chinese colleagues, students, and my wife, all were very sorry and sad when hearing the news. I cannot believe that Glyn, who played a role of supervisor and one of my best colleagues and friends, left suddenly. A lot of memory of Glyn, all good and precious, cannot stop jumping into my mind. I cannot hold tears when talking to my students about Glyn, about his kindness and friendship, his hospitality and help. We first met in 1994 in Beijing and then kept on working together until last August in Oxford when Glyn and I published the last paper together. I'm not the only Chinese whom Glyn helped so much in research. Many Chinese colleagues and students received his help during the last 20 years. Glyn's passing is a big loss for psychology in the world. I had wish to meet him in Oxford soon, but this becomes a wish forever. I wish I could share Jane's suffering of losing Glyn. I wish Glyn rests in peace. I send two photos in memory of Glyn's visit to Peking University in 2004 and his help with improving manuscripts.

16 January 2016

Kimberly Quinn

DePaul University (formerly University of Birmingham)

Glyn Humphreys was *the* reason I went to Birmingham. I was a postdoc at Dartmouth College when my mentor, Neil Macrae, practically forced me to apply for a job at the University of Birmingham: “Glyn Humphreys is world class. This is the perfect first job for you. You will apply, or I’ll apply for you.” I did not want the job. I did not want to move to the UK. I wanted to go home to Canada, which I had left three years earlier. But I applied for the job…hoping I wouldn't get invited for an interview. And then I found found myself on a plane a week later…hoping I wouldn't get the job.

And then I interviewed at Birmingham. I was so impressed by the overall atmosphere of the department and the quality and tone of the questions I received. I met several people during that visit that I immediately recognized as people who would be personally and professionally important to me—and Glyn was chief among them. He was so clearly insightful and intelligent, but it seemed to me that he was smiling at everything I said—how could I not want to be a part of a department led by this man, with his world-class reputation and his smiling eyes?

That first impression never changed. During my time in Birmingham, I never felt anything but supported by Glyn, and awed by his blend of intelligence, productivity, and humanness. We worked together on only one line of research, but he mentored me on other projects and in other ways. He did this for so many of us: He treated all of us as equals, even if none of us could ever approach what he achieved. (How can you publish that much while still handling the same teaching load and running the department??) When he finally transitioned out of the role of Head of School, he was asked by the College to give a talk reflecting on his years of leadership and what he did to make our department so successful. His answer: people. This says so much.

I have so many fond and funny memories of Glyn. Now, I find myself contemplating his legacy and lamenting for our field. We need more scientists like Glyn Humphreys. We would all do well to think about how we can embody his “best bits” and continue his legacy.

RIP, Glyn. I will miss your smiling eyes and brilliant mind.

16 January 2016

Eirini Mavritsaki

Birmingham City University

Professor Glyn Humphreys I could never imagined that I would witness this day. It’s heart-breaking and so difficult to accept that you left.

Glyn is the reason I work in this area, his support and guidance helped me to achieve all I have achieved till today. I know Glyn 11 years, I worked in his lab from 2004 until 2011, and since then we continued our collaboration until today. Glyn gave me the opportunity to model attentional processes in 2004 and since then he has been my mentor and, as to so many of us, my academic father. Glyn supported all the new ideas I had and advise me how to achieve the maximum from each one of them. My experience working with Glyn was not only in research as such but I was also given the opportunity to work with him in JEP: HPP as the Journal coordinator for more than 3 years where I was able to witness how he valued the work of others with respect and impartiality. Throughout the years Glyn did not only teach me how to research attention and neuropsychology, he taught me what is integrity, fairness and kindness, not only by advising me but most importantly by demonstrating these in his life.

Professor Glyn Humphreys was an amazing person, an inspiration to so many people and an amazing scientist.

Farewell Glyn, you will never be forgotten.

My deepest condolences to Jane and the family.

15 January 2016

Laura Monroy

If I had to write here all the good things that I have learnt from Glyn this list would never end. I have been always immensely grateful to him for giving me the opportunity to be part of his lab. I have always admired him, he was kind with everyone, especially with his patients, looking after them all the time. If anyone from the lab had a problem he always had the perfect words to sort it out. He has changed the lives of many of us and we deeply suffer his departure.

He is now in our thoughts and will be always in our hearts

Thanks Glyn for teaching us how to be a better person every day. THANK YOU!!!

15 January 2016

Wai-Ling Bickerton

University of Birmingham

In my years of working with Glyn, I witnessed how he tirelessly supported countless research students. Remember the constant queue outside his office? His belief and trust enabled me to achieve what I would never have thought possible. Glyn and Jane gave me the best opportunities with their generosity. They inspired with their infectious curiosity. As a Chinese, I am also grateful for their work in supporting the academic and neuropsychological care arenas in Mainland China and Hong Kong. They have made a real difference to great many lives. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jane and the family.

15 January 2016

David Soto

Imperial College London

I met Glyn in 2002 when I went to Birmingham for the first time as a visiting phd student from Spain. He was then the director of the Behavioural Brain Sciences Centre and Head of the School of Psychology. I was nervous the first time I was waiting to meet him, my english was quite poor at the time to say the least and I was really afraid I would not meet the expectations of a famous Professor. But Glyn was charming and welcoming and would patiently listen, regardless. He was an exceptional mentor and leader. He was kind to give freedom for one to develop, and he was clever to provide excellent guidance when necessary. I will miss you Glyn. My deepest condolences are with Jane and the rest of the family.

15 January 2016

Koen Lamberts

Vice-Chancellor, University of York

When I arrived in the UK in 1992, with nowhere to stay, Glyn and Jane put me up in their house in Chantry Road in Moseley for a few months... and that was the start of six very happy and exciting years at Birmingham. Glyn's energy and enthusiasm were remarkable; he really was an unstoppable force, and an incredibly driven and inspiring scientist. He was also one of the most generous and kind people I have ever met. Most of all, he was great fun to be with. Almost every week he organised some kind of event - from cricket for foreigners to reckless mountain biking in the Lake District. And the magnificent house parties in Chantry Road could get quite rowdy, but usually ended up with all of us sitting around the fireplace, stroking the (enormous) cat, listening to the Penguin Cafe Orchestra, and talking about psychology and the next project... wonderful times.

I last saw Glyn just over two years ago. Fittingly, we went for a bike ride in the pouring rain, and with Luis Fuentes also there, it was as if nothing had changed in twenty years. Kristien and I will miss him, and the good memories will stay with us forever. Jane, our thoughts are with you and the children.

15 January 2016

Jason J Braithwaite

University of Birmingham

Like many, I was stunned and shocked to hear of Glyn's passing. My thoughts go out to Jane and the family. I joined Glyn as a PhD student in 1999 and all I can say is that he was a truly excellent supervisor. His group in Birmingham was legendary. Lots of (now) well known researchers were studying and training with him and along with his wife Jane, the group had a very 'family' feel to it. I remember his Christmas parties with great fondness and I remember nothing but laughter! A lot of us, including myself, owe him so much and will be forever grateful. He was a true academic and intellectual - the sharpest mind I've ever had the pleasure to work with. There is a saying that is very apt here that goes something like; "true immortality is having lived a life worth being remembered for". His body of work, and the memories from those of us privileged to have known him will testify to this.

15 January 2016

Deanna Gallichan (formerly Mason)

Glyn was my PhD supervisor at Birmingham from 2000-2003, and I have extremely fond memories of my time there. He was such an intelligent, talented, kind and modest man. I will remember him most for his tremendous ability to communicate very complex concepts in a clear and simple way. I will also remember him uttering the words all his PhD students waited to hear: "its fine". He was supportive of my career aspirations, and wrote me the most generous reference. He has continued to influence me throughout my career, and I am grateful that I had the opportunity to work with him. I feel incredibly sad that psychology has lost such a brilliant mind, and such a lovely person. My deepest condolences go to Jane and their family.

15 January 2016

Nabeela Akhtar

When I earlier attempted to visit this memorial it had crashed due to a likely onslought of folks who respected and admired him much as I did. I was always impressed by his neverending scientific curiousity and passion for research. I deeply admired his ability to maintain a heavy workload and numerous collaborations whilst also coming across as a wonderfully warm and committed father.

When I worked with Glyn I found him warm and always approachable in way I found unexpected and which initially left me embarassingly tongue-tied. I last saw him very briefly and unexpectedly at Oxford University and he was clearly on the run as he often was but he paused in recognition and took time to tell me he was pleased to see me and to be encouraging and supportive, asking me how was, what I was doing now and reminding me that he was always available if I wanted/ needed to contact him. I am sorry that I never followed up on his kind offer but glad to have this lovely final memory.

15 January 2016

Nele Demeyere

University of Oxford

I owe Glyn so much. I probably never even would have set foot in academia were it not through his inspiration. Working with him first as a visiting Erasmus student from the University of Leuven I saw another side of research and academia : working with the most brilliant mind, who would be sitting there listening to me, as if I was an equal. What most impressed me though, was how much he cared for people. In my first week, he introduced me to GK, the most brilliant and interesting man about who many papers have been written (a few even by me). A few years later, having stayed on to do a PhD, Glyn and Jane would come to my wedding, taking GK along for a visit to Belgium.

And I stayed on, became his postdoc, and then followed him and Jane to Oxford to start a new adventure - a new centre, a new group, and a new patient programme. We worked so well together, I loved his no-nonsense meetings in which we became so attuned to what one another would be thinking, we became a cracking team - or maybe I just became a better apprentice. Now in this latest stage, he supported me to gain independence with the Stroke Association Lectureship. He leaves an immense legacy, one which I fully intend to continue and I will pay tribute to him throughout the rest of my career.

Glyn was a brilliant scientist, but more importantly he had the kindest soul and very smily twinkly eyes. He cared deeply about people: his family of course, but also his staff, his students, the patient volunteers. Those of us who were blessed to have known him will carry this memory and his kindness will stay alive.

Much too soon...

15 January 2016

Carolina Bonivento

The first time I met Glyn I was a freshly graduate from an Italian University visiting the University of Birmingham for an internship. I could speak little English and knew little about science. Of course I was nervous. He was very kind with me and very patient. He introduced me to anyone, students, staff and patients. In few days I already felt at home. That summer I had my first go with experimental neuropsychology and neuroscience. Later I did my PhD, supervised by Glyn. Years later I cannot help but being grateful with him for what he taught me and for how he influenced the path that my life have taken.

15 January 2016

Konstantinos Priftis

University of Padova

I am profoundly sad from the tragic news that Glyn passed away... I will never forget that he was the first person to offer me a Phd position, on the basis of my project on agnosias. Before this, and given that my project had been rejected elsewhere, I was thinking that I should better stop doing research and I would rather start a different career... When I met him in July 2000, I could not believe that one of the greatest cognitive neuropsychologists ever would have dedicated to me (a total outsider) an unbelievable amount of his time to listen carefully to my ideas; would have given me detailed feedback; would have encouraged me to go on... Even if at the end I continued my studies in Italy, I never stoped to think that I owe him my choice to continue my career as a cognitive neuropsychologist. Goodbye great scholar and human being...

15 January 2016

Marc Brysbaert

HoD Department of Experimental Psychology, Ghent University

Among the many things Glyn did (such as the invited paper he kindly wrote for the upcoming special issue of QJEP Classics revisited), I'll most fondly remember him for the many efforts he made to connect British psychology to Continental Europe psychology. Not only was he part of many committees and panels, he was also one of the first to invite Erasmus students to his lab and one of the last to keep on doing so, even when universities fees strongly discouraged this. In recent years, Oxford was the top destination for our best students and all came back in great enthusiasm (although quite a few of them stayed behind to build their careers in the UK).

15 January 2016

Alla Yankouskaya

University of Oxford

I was greatly honoured eight years ago when Glyn agreed to be my supervisor. He showed me opportunities that I could purse in many areas of cognitive neuropsychology and believed I could be successful in any of them. Although busy, he always found the time to talk, listen and advise. No one else made you feel so important and your work was his top propriety. That was his unique way of teaching and ensuring your work progressed.

I am proud to be part of the Cognitive Neuropsychology Centre which was established by Glyn and is recognised world wide. It will always be known as Glyn’s Lab.

I will miss the support Glyn has given me both professionally and personally, and because of this I will always remember him as the great scientist and person he was.

15 January 2016

Kevin Dent

University of Essex

I was deeply saddened to hear the news about Glyn. Glyn gave me a break when I was fresh from my PhD in 2003. I spent the next 8 years working as post-doc in his amazingly vibrant and dynamic lab in Birmingham. Glyn was an eternal optimist for whom nothing was impossible. A true intellectual giant with an incredible zeal for science. I and many others benefited enormously from his warm and supportive mentoring over the years.

Thank-you Glyn, you will be missed.

15 January 2016

Bob Kentridge

University of Durham

I met Glyn in the 1980’s. I had finished my PhD just a couple of years before but when we talked about eye-movements he, already a major figure, treated me like and equal and invited me to talk in Birmingham. I became a neuropsychologist and so my path crossed Glyn’s often, in Birmingham, Oxford and abroad. He was always, kind, softly spoken, and happy to talk at length, although I know he must have been tremendously busy. So many people owe Glyn so much. A terrible loss.

15 January 2016

Rebecca Lawson

I first met Glyn when I went for an interview to do a PhD at Birmingham with a different supervisor. I bumped into Glyn in the corridor, got chatting, and he persuaded me to apply to work with him instead. From 1990-1994 I spent four intense, mind-stretching and fun years with him, Jane Riddoch, and the fine group they were building up together after their recent move from Birkbeck. I learnt how to run experiments and do research but much, much more, including endless baltis together and five-a-side football. Glyn's enthusiasm, intellect and sheer graft were all memorable, as well as his warmth, humanity and modesty. I really admired the way he treated people equally with no pre-conceptions, getting more from many of us than we thought we were capable of. I learnt a lot. He came to Liverpool last year to give an invited lecture at ECVP (see photos) and our photographer, unprompted, insisted on telling me what a lovely, helpful man he was. It is shocking his life was so short and that he has gone so suddenly - but he made his time count and many, many people have gained from knowing him.

15 January 2016

Jacqueline Snow

The University of Nevada, Reno

Glyn, you were my postdoctoral mentor at Birmingham university from 2006-2008. I appreciate your faith in me, and for giving me the opportunity to start brain imaging research. I will remember with fondness our fabulous one-on-one discussions about cognitive neuroscience, our trips to Wales to visit neuropsychological patients, and your mandatory choir sessions at Birmingham for the patient Christmas party. You were wise, gentle, generous, and encouraging. You are an inspiration to me and you changed my life. My deepest sympathies are extended to Jane and the family.

15 January 2016

Gary Randall

Glyn was my academic and personal hero. The perfect supervisor, obviously smart but kind and bloody humble too; he was fine with answering "I don't know" and that, above all, is the lifelong lesson I learnt from him. He got me the postdoc that changed my life and for which I'm eternally grateful. I just wish I'd told him what his actions meant to me. He was just a lovely man. The best.

15 January 2016

Nick Davis

Manchester Metropolitan University

There is a saying that academia is full of smart people, so you should set yourself apart by being nice. Glyn had a warmth and a generosity that is rare in any field, but more so in someone so prolific and so highly respected. I met Glyn as an MSc student in Birmingham in the 1990s, and I still remember his lectures as clear, interesting, and slyly funny. He was generous with his time with his resources. I stayed in Birmingham as a PhD student and again he always appeared to have infinite time for everyone: for his students, for his staff, and for the patients who would visit his lab (and who would occasionally wander off around the department, blissfully unaware of why they had come in that day). We never understood how someone so productive could also have so much time. It was a great shock and a great sadness that that time had come to an end.

15 January 2016

Alex Balani

Edge Hill University

I am deeply saddened by the news of Glyn's passing. He was my PhD supervisor and later my boss at Birmingham between 2003-2011. He was a great human being, a very intelligent scientist, an extraordinarily supportive mentor and a genuinely inspirational person. I know that he will be sadly missed by his former students and colleagues at Birmingham and beyond. My deepest condolences go to Jane.

15 January 2016

Ellie Slavkova

University of Oxford

There are not enough words to express how shocked and saddened I am by Glyn's sudden death. Glyn was one of the best people I have ever had the honour to meet and he has left a profound impact on my personal and professional life. Knowing him has made me a better person and a better psychologist. Glyn taught me to use curiosity to drive my hard work, he supported me when I doubted myself and motivated me when I had lost courage. I owe my career path entirely to him. He gave me a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work with him when I was only a second year undergraduate student who was desperate to gain some experience. He had faith in me to give me my first full time position after I graduated and last year he took me on as a PhD student with open arms.

It is moving, that I am only one of so many people whose lives have been touched by Glyn's charismatic personality and academic brilliance. I am proud to have known him and I will forever treasure the warmest feelings for him as he continues to inspire me as a person and a scientist.

This is an unimaginably difficult time for all of us and my thoughts are with Glyn's family.

15 January 2016

David Murphy

Joint Director, Oxford Institute of Clinical Psychology Training

Glyn was not only a prolific researcher who had a tremendous influence on the field of neuropsychology, he was also a wonderfully kind, warm and generous colleague. He was a tremendous support to the Institute of Clinical Psychology training and only a few weeks ago he was kind enough to speak at a workshop we organized; my last memory of Glyn is him patiently answering all of the questions from the many people who were waited to speak to him at the end of the session. He had been incredibly supportive to me personally since I came to Oxford and I feel privileged to have known him. I’m sure his legacy will live on through the many people whose lives he touched during his career.

15 January 2016

Ian Robertson

Trinity College, Dublin

Glyn was a selfless scientist who cared deeply about translating his work to people with brain disorders. He was also a delightful person who, with Jane, radiated a warmth that was reflected back to them by their many students and mentees. He was a rare human being in his combination of high intelligence, humanity and modesty. Jane, my deepest condolences to you; Glyn lives on in the network of minds he influenced so positively – goodness like that doesn’t really ever die out.

15 January 2016

Christina Howard

Nottingham Trent University

I am really saddened to hear the news about Glyn. I worked for him for only 6 months at Birmingham doing patient work but in this time I realised he was not only an outstanding scientist, but also a real gentleman. One memory that comes to mind is him singing The Beatles ‘With a little help from my friends’ at the Christmas party he threw for all the patients participating in our research. It says a lot that he was such a successful and famous academic and yet he found time to do this. He’ll definitely be missed.

15 January 2016

David Shanks

Head, UCL Division of Psychology and Language Sciences

On behalf of all my many colleagues at UCL who knew him, I would like to express our profound sympathy and sadness at the news of Glyn’s death. His commitment and contribution to UK Psychology is hard to exaggerate, and he was an outstanding and inspiring collaborator and mentor.

15 January 2016

Adam Cooper

University College London

Glyn was my PhD supervisor and boss when I was at Birmingham 1995-2002. I have only the warmest of memories of him the community of researchers he gathered and inspired. I cannot believe he has gone. It is a testament to the profound influence he had on me and my life that even after leaving neuropsychology for a life in public policy I find myself drawn back to the area of neuropsychology that Glyn dominated. I will always remember his understated passion, humour and sharp intelligence. I wish I’d had the chance to thank him properly. He will be deeply missed.

15 January 2016

Kevin Cassidy

I was very saddened to hear the news about Glyn. I had the privilege of knowing Glyn from my undergraduate degree at the University of Birmingham as my lecturer and undergraduate advisor, to my PhD supervisor. As an undergraduate he was always a figure I admired, and I remember being inspired by his lecturers. This directly led me to my ideas around my PhD and it was my privilege to work alongside him and Dr Quinn. It always struck me that for a man so knowledgeable and respected he remained so down to earth, and approachable. I remember being tongue tied at our first meeting, and how kind and patient he was, to the times he became excited about my work. It was my privilege and honour to work with him. His words of advice and wisdom will stay with me

15 January 2016

Shanti Shanker

Unfortunately, I never had the opportunity to work with Professor Humphrey. However, just one meeting was sufficient to notice the passion he had for his work, his kindness and encouragement towards new researchers. On November 2015 he was giving a talk at the MRC-CBU. After attending the talk I gathered courage to speak to him. Prof. Humphrey was not only keen on the results of my study but encouraged me to continue my work in Stroke and said "there are many patients in Oxford..." He will always remain an inspiration to my work in neuropsychology!

15 January 2016

Zahra Moradi

University of Oxford

I had the privillage of working under Glyn's supervision over the course of my PhD. He's been a big part of my life and continues to inspire me. I cannot think of Glyn just as a mentor but a great friend and much more than that. What he offered was above and beyond his exquisite scientific support. He made me believe in myself and see a positive outcome coming out of every single naive and desperate effort that I made. He touched so many lives, gave so much hope and continues to motivate our scientific curiosity.

15 January 2016

Kate Roberts

University of Warwick

I am shocked and saddened to hear the news about Glyn. I spent five years working with Glyn at Birmingham and am so sorry that I won't have the opportunity to work with him again. He was truly inspirational, not just for his breadth of knowledge and keen insight into whatever research projects we were working on, but also for his commitment to his staff, students, and patients. Through his example and encouragement I have learned to be braver and to aim higher. He will be sadly missed.

15 January 2016

Harriet Allen

University of Nottingham

I’ll always be grateful to Glyn for taking a chance on me. He believed I could move from visual psychophysics to brain imaging and neuropsychology. Later on he nudged me to apply for my next job. To be honest, I probably would not have had the confidence to fill out the form without that nudge.

That’s what he did. He offered insights, softly. He endlessly came up with ideas and experiments. He supported and helped you along in your career. I’ll miss him and it is a tribute to him that I am only one of many who will feel his loss.

15 January 2016