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