Graham 17th December 2020

I was very sad to hear of Mike's death. I knew him for nearly 30 years: I was in Psychology, and he was in the adjacent Life Sciences building, and we bumped into each other every now and again. He was never too busy to stop for a chat. He'd tell me about his latest bit of research, in his usual self-effacing way that downplayed the technical difficulties and requirement for ingenuity that the study would involve. We shared an interest in the perceptual aspects of driving, Mike being interested in how people managed to steer while I was interested in how they avoided hitting things! I was really impressed by how down to earth he was, and how he talked to everyone like they were his equal, even though he had a brain the size of a planet. When my Ph.D. student wanted to conduct an eye-tracking study, Mike not only gave her technical advice, but surrendered his lab and equipment to her so that she could run the experiment, with no expectation of anything in return. I was impressed by his intelligence, his quiet humour and above all his inquisitiveness - a true scientist, and a really lovely man that I am glad I had the privilege to meet.