Friday, 29 April 2011
Baron Lister of Lyme Regis
Joseph Lister wasn’t the only scientist in his family: his younger brother Arthur (1830 - 1908) was a pioneer in the field of myxomycetology -- the study of slime moulds! The two of them, Joseph and Arthur, bought a holiday home in Lyme Regis in 1871. This property, High Cliff, remained in the Lister family until 1929. In particular, Arthur's daughter Gulielma Lister (1860 - 1949), known as "Miss Gulie", was very active in local life. She followed in her father's footsteps, becoming a prominent myxomycetologist in her own right. She was one of the first presidents of the British Mycological Society, as well as a vice-president of the prestigious Linnaean Society.
When Joseph was raised to the peerage in 1897, he chose the title Baron Lister of Lyme Regis. The rather blurred photograph below, from the museum's collection, shows a historic view of Joseph Lister at work in a hospital ward.
Notable People of Lyme.