I, moi, Colin Berry, was asked not so long ago to state his credentials as a scientist. That I tried to do (see under the somewhat inconspicuous “About” tab, top left ) albeit reluctantly (not wishing to go blowing my own trumpet!)
However, today while clearing out a drawer at home I came across a reference/testimonial that was written on my behalf way back in 1978 when I was just 33 years old. It was from Prof. Geoffrey Dutton at Dundee University to fellow Professor Brian Spencer, head of the (then) Flour Milling and Baking Research Association at Chorleywood, UK. (In applying for a senior position at FMBRA I had given Prof. Geoffrey Dutton, among others, as a referee.)
Late Insertion (added June 24, 2022)
Here’s my re-typed version of the testimonial you see below. I’ve incorporated it for ‘internet reasons’!
The University Department of Biochemistry
Dundee DD1 4HN Medical Sciences Institute
Professor Brian Spencer
Flour Milling and Baking Research Association
Hertfordshire, WD3 5SH 23 March, 1978
I am very happy to act as referee for Dr. Berry. I have been familiar with his work for many years, and examined his Ph.D. Thesis. Dr.Berry is one of the keenest minds I have come across, of great critical acumen.
His research record, in collaboration with Dr. Terence Hallinan, is distinguished, and these two have made great contributions to glucuronidation studies, particularly by demonstrating ‘transglucuronidation’ .
His enthusiasm and practical flair enabled solution of the many tricky experimental problems involved. His thesis is a brilliant summary of a very complex problem, the phospholipid dependency of a microsomal enzyme, and his occasional contributions as a referee to the Biochemical Journal are agreed to be outstanding, one of them being singled out for praise by the Chairman: so his communication on paper is of high standard. Communication verbally is good. His initiative is strong, and he is an obvious future leader of a research team. That is precisely what he has been looking for.
I consider he could adapt himself readily to a new field, and one with so many practical problems and responsibility for long-term planning would suit him well. I very strongly recommend him for the post.
PROFESSOR OF PHARMACOLOGICAL BIOCHEMISTRY
Here be the original document – correct – a photocopy thereof – one that came to me immediately after I took over from my immediate boss on the latter’s retirement.
I think it’s worth flagging it up right now (but forgive me if I stay silent as to reasons – though some may guess why if they try entering “shroud of turin” into the (shhh…) G**gle search engine – nuff said methinks …).
The interview that followed was successful, btw. (It landed me with my 12 year stint at FMBRA. initially as Head of Biochemistry in the Nutrition/Toxicology Division, later promoted to Head of Nutrition and Food Safety.).
Here btw is a link to a recent paper (2017) by Liu and Coughtrie :
See Section 3 (“The Compartmentation Hypothesis) which comments favourably on the model developed by Terry Hallinan and myself between 1972 and 1978, notably the notion that an important enzyme in drug and bilirubin clearance from the bloodstream is controlled not only by enzyme activity, but by membrane-bound permease transporters. (No, the basic idea was not ours – but we gathered the much-needed experimental evidence in support of the permease concept).
Later, in 1986, while at FMBRA I published my paper on the intriguing “resistant starch” (a kind of man-made dietary fibre, generated via baking etc of wheat-based cereal products etc.).
See the above link on Google Scholar listings. It’s currently attracted 629 “hits” no less – by far and away the most of my published findings, especially significant self-promotion-wise as it was a single author paper.
Reason for putting up this posting? Answer: yours truly is not, repeat NOT, a scientific nonentity! He’s been a non-workshy, level headed experimentalist at his several UK and other work-places over several decades.
His MO has been to check out engaging new ideas, some his own, those of others too, via hard headed, no-nonsense experimental testing. (Yup – it’s the essence of the scientific method, one which gives equal attention to one’s own and others’ contrary ideas).
Sorry. But someone had to say it…
End of main posting. (I may or may not respond to comments!).
PS: added July 1, 2022:
Here’s an appreciative comment that was added by Brian Burchell regarding his previous partner, Professor Geoffrey Dutton (yes, many years ago):
( My own Comment added as postscript, Good Friday, April 15, 2022):
The Shroud of Turin makes it to a front-page article in the UK-based Daily Telegraph on this today, i.e. Good Friday.
“Jesus died by fatal bleeding caused by a dislocated shoulder”.
It’s strongly pro-authenticity, albeit making a passing reference to the 1260-1390 radiocarbon dating (see italicized quote below).
So I shall leave it there…
(Dismiss the radiocarbon-dating if you wish, all you advocates of pro-authenticity . Just don’t expect to be taken seriously unless or until you have arranged for testing of more TS linen samples than the tiny corner sample removed in 1988 – though shared between the 3 independent >specialist dating labs ).
“In the 1980s it was subject to radiocarbon testing which concluded it probably a mediaeval relic. However, more recent studies – conducted in the 2010s – dispute this claim, and instead argue that the linen sheet dates from the time of Jesus.”