Senior Lab Demonstrator & Chief Technician Alan Howe retired in August 2013 after over 30 years in the Department of Chemistry. Thank you for helping us celebrate his extraordinary achievements.
To date, over 180 alumni have written in with messages for Alan (presented to him in a booklet at his retirement), and many have also contributed towards the Prize for Best Junior Demonstrator.
A message from Alan:
Many many thanks to all who made contributions towards the booklet I was presented with to mark my retirement. It was a wonderful surprise and on reading it I really was taken aback as any happy memories were revived.
I can only say it gives me great pleasure to think that I was able to help to make life in the organic teaching labs a little easier. It is worth saying that it works both ways, so many thanks to everyone for contributing to my working life too.
Very best wishes for the future to one and all at whatever stage of your careers you have reached.
"Whenever a group of chemistry alumni get together, there is always one name that brings universally fond memories. Friendly and approachable, Alan Howe knew who we were, what we were doing, and invariably where we were going wrong as we navigated our way through organic teaching labs.
It was Alan who taught me how to use an NMR spectrometer, and it was Alan who held the key to the reference samples.
If it really went horribly wrong Alan would always be on hand to set you going again from the last point you'd reached. He'd tease and joke but he was also making sure we performed everything we were meant to.
Alan is remembered by all my peers for how much he helped us but I'm not sure we realized at the time exactly how smart he was being and I feel for future undergraduates who won't have him to turn to.
Alan was the students' ally in the teaching lab, even if he was secretly teaching us all the time."
Laura Howes, Chemistry World (Merton, 2001)
The Alan Howe Prize for Best Junior Demonstrator
To celebrate his impact on the lives of countless undergraduates over the past 30 years, the Chemistry community of alumni and researchers created a prize in Alan's name, to be awarded annually to the Best Junior Demonstrator.
This prize help ensures that Alan's inspirational legacy of outstanding teaching, welcoming and friendly character, and incredible ability to help and remember each student can be carried on.