Garry Thomson CBE, an honorary fellow of IIC and its president from 1983 to 1986, died peacefully at his home in the UK on 23 May 2007. Garry Thomson was Scientific Adviser to the Trustees and head of the Scientific Department at the National Gallery, London from 1960 until his retirement in 1985. Garry is perhaps best known for his immensely influential, yet readable, book The Museum Environment, first published in 1978 and revised in 1985, which has become indispensable for conservators and curators throughout the world. He also presented his work widely in published articles and internationally at conferences, leading the way in the emerging field that would later become known as preventive conservation. His influence continues to be felt not just through his published work, but also through the generation of conservators and scientists he trained and taught, many of whom are now leaders in museums, galleries and heritage organisations throughout the world.
In due course, a full obituary will be published in Studies in Conservation, of which Garry Thomson was editor from 1959 to 1967.