Professor Roland Levinsky, world leading researcher in biomedicine dies


Professor Roland Levinsky Source:

Monday, 1 January 2007

Professor Roland Levinsky, of the University of Plymouth, was born in South Africa to a British mother and Jewish father on 16 October 1943. His father was born in the Lethuania/Poland area and had fled to South Africa to escape Nazi persecution. After his father’s death, Levinsky , his siblings and mother, emigrated to England. He was 13 years old at the time.

Levinsky went on to study medicine and Physical anthropology. He was a qualified pediatrician and worked at a children’s hospital in Philadelphia, in the US. On 1 January 2007, levinsky was walking his dog near his home when a power cable that had been hit by lightning fell and came into contact with him. He was electrocuted and died. He was 54 years old

• The Telegraph (2007) Professor Roland Levinsky (3 January 2007) [online] Available at: [Accessed on 10 December 2012]
• BBC News, (2007), Power cable kills university boss, 2 January [online], Available at [Accessed: 10 January 2012]

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This article was produced by South African History Online on 20-Dec-2012