Roy H. Gigg (1931-2002)
Roy Gigg worked as an organic chemist at NIMR from 1958 to 1995. He developed a life-long interest in phospholipids during postdoctoral research at the University of Illinois. He joined NIMR in November 1958 to work with John Cornforth on the synthesis of vitamin B12, and then pursued research on phospholipids including inositol trisphosphate (IP3). In 1963 Jill Cunningham arrived in the lab from Sheffield to do postdoctoral research, and they married in 1965. In 1972 Roy was appointed head of the Laboratory of Lipid and General Chemistry. He retired from NIMR in 1995 and moved with Jill to Somerset, becoming resident visiting professor in the Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology at the University of Bath, where he was closely associated with the medicinal chemistry group of Barry Potter. His hobbies included bellringing and gardening, for which he constructed a compost heap using homemade bricks bearing an impression of the IP3 logo. He died suddenly on 21 December 2002, aged 71.