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Prof Mike Goodfellow receives Bergey Medal

May 2011

Bergey's Manual of Systematic Bacteriology is an encyclopaedia on the systematics of prokaryotes, including archaea and bacteria, and is one of the major reference works in Microbiology. It has been published continuously since 1923, and is widely used by the global microbiology community. Currently, the Manual is published by the Bergey's Manual Trust in cooperation with Springer. More information about the Manual and Trust can be found at

Bergey Medals have been awarded annually since 1994 in recognition of sustained and outstanding contributions to the systematics of prokaryotes. At its annual meeting in Beijing the Bergey Manual Trust voted to present the award for 2011 to Professor Michael Goodfellow of the School of Biology at the University of Newcastle. Professor Goodfellow has contributed in many ways to modern microbiology, most notably by several landmark contributions on chemo- and numerical systematics. He has authored over 400 original papers, over 100 review articles, is senior editor of the second edition of Bergey's Manual of Systematic Bacteriology, Volume 5 which is devoted to the Actinobacteria and is one of the most highly cited researchers worldwide. He has advised over 60 Ph.D and innumerable M.Sc students and several postdoctoral fellows. Most of his Ph.D students have pursued careers in industry and academia (nine as professors).

As a highly renowned scientist and academic teacher Professor Goodfellow has received a number of awards and honours, including the annual Bergey Award of Bergey's Manual Trust, the Panlab Award from the American Society for Industrial Microbiology and the J. Roger Porter Award from the American Society for Microbiology and the United States Federation of Culture Collections. He is a member of the American Society of Microbiology and has received honorary degrees from the Autonomous Metropolitan University in Mexico City and the Institute of Microbiology of the Chinese Academy of Science in Beijing. He was awarded an MBE in the 2010 New Year's Honours List for voluntary contributions to education in Newcastle.

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