Professor Emeritus Denis William Ewer MBE FRSSAf 1913 - 2009: biographical memoir

Hodgson, A.N. (2009) Professor Emeritus Denis William Ewer MBE FRSSAf 1913 - 2009: biographical memoir. Transactions of the Royal Society of South Africa, 64 (1). pp. 84-85. ISSN 0035-919X




Denis Ewer went to University College School in London. In 1931 he entered Trinity College, Cambridge (his father had studied mathematics at Trinity) where he read for the Natural Science Tripos, obtaining a B.A. in 1934. In his second year at Cambridge he gained the nickname of 'Jakes' via a literary route (his father's nickname also had literary origins). The word 'ewer' can mean a jug, chamber pot, or jerry, and hence the progress to 'jakes', Elizabethan English for an outside lavatory. It was at Cambridge that he also met the future communist spy, Kim Philby. After graduating, Jakes Ewer moved to the University of Birmingham where he undertook his doctoral studies (graduating PhD in 1940) under H. Munro Fox. World War II, however, temporarily halted any further academic career, and during the war years he was an Experimental Officer for the Army Operational Research Group (Ministry of Supply) achieving the rank of Major. For his work, which included being a Scientific Advisor to the Chief, Air Defence Division, Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force, he was awarded the M.B.E. (Member of the British Empire).

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Uncontrolled Keywords:Denis William Ewer; zoology; physiology; invertebrate neuromuscular physiology; spiders; scorpions; intertidal brachyuran crabs; lecturing skills; faculty; academic staff; Department of Zoology and Entomology; Rhodes University; Grahamstown; South Africa
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Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Science > Zoology & Entomology
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Deposited On:07 Aug 2009
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