, Volume 38, Issue 4, pp 601-605
Date: 12 Oct 2007

Winifred Tutin (1915–2007)

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The death of the British pollen analyst and palaeolimnologist Winifred Tutin (née Pennington) has deprived palaeolimnology of one of its outstanding pioneers.

Winifred Pennington was born on 8 October 1915 in Barrow-in-Furness, then Lancashire, now Cumbria. She was educated at Barrow-in-Furness Grammar School and graduated in Botany from the University of Reading in 1938. She was awarded her Ph.D. in 1941 by the University of Reading for a thesis on ‘An investigation of some problems of freshwater algae, with special reference to the process of sedimentation’. Her PhD supervisor was the famous Mesozoic palaeobotanist, Tom Harris. She began her life-long links with the Freshwater Biological Association (FBA) in the English Lake District as a student on the then annual FBA Easter Course in 1936 (Lund 1984). In 1942 she married Tom Tutin who, at that stage, was working on aquatic vegetation in the Lake District. He subsequently became a lecturer and later a professor in the Botany Departme ...