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Despite lifelong asthma, Peter travelled extensively: visiting China and Japan as well as Australia and New Zealand; North America and eastern Europe.

He originally trained as a photographer and was then attracted into dealing in antique scientific instruments. His clients were museums and collectors all over the world; yet he was at heart an academic. He founded the Scientific Instrument Fair and ran it for some years.

In 1985, he was diagnosed with leukaemia. In a remarkable stroke of good fortune, he was successfully treated via a bone marrow transplant from his elder sister. With decades of support and care from the NHS, Peter survived for another 37 years.

Peter retired to Oxfordshire, where he rediscovered his love of nature photography and his local camera club. He was a lifelong member of the Royal Photographic Society.

Peter is survived by his three sisters: Flora; Marion and Valerie and their families. He was married twice.

It was Peter’s wish that donations are sent in his name to the Blood Cancer Society, a charity devoted to leukaemia research (bloodcancer.org.uk).

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