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Dr Roscoe Howells

Cruelty Free International
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Remembered by: Cruelty Free International

Date added: 20 Feb 2020

Dr Howells grew up in Llanelli and was educated at the County School (later the Grammar School). He studied biological science at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth and was awarded a Doctorate following research work on the micro-biology of a Welsh estuary. He went on to work for the Agriculture Research Council before joining the River Boards in 1956 where he worked for 18 years, being responsible for the scientific aspects and problems facing South Wales from the river Tawe in the south east to the river Dyfi in the north west. In 1974, Dr Howells was appointed as Science Director of the newly formed Welsh Water Authority where his responsibilities included Wales and parts of Herefordshire and Shropshire. He kept this post for 13 years until retiring in 1987. Throughout his life, Dr Howells served on government scientific and environmental committees and was later involved with local organisations interested in local history. He was an active member of the Llanelli Branch of the Workers’ Education Association, acting as Chairman for 12 years. Like many of his contemporaries in the immediate post-war period, Dr Howell joined the forces. He served in the Navy, completing his service in the occupation in Germany. During his research at Aberystwyth, whilst working on the micro-biology of soils, Dr Howell discovered a number of species of a “ very microscopic “ animal some of which were new to the British Isles and two of which were completely new to science. Following the usual formal protocol, one of these has now been named after him - Cheylostigmaeus howellsi. Dr Howell was a long-standing supporter of Cruelty Free International and our sympathies are with his loved ones.
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