Biography of Percy Brian
Percy Wragg Brian (d 1979) was Regius Professor of Botany at the University from 1963 to 1968.
Born in Birmingham, Brian studied for the Natural Sciences Tripos at King's College, Cambridge, and graduated with first class honours in 1931. He was awarded a PhD in 1936 and DSc in 1951, and he was elected a Fellow of Queen's College in 1968.
Brian worked at ICI's Aker's Research Laboratories from 1946 to 1962, on a team which discovered new antibiotics produced by fungi. He was appointed to the Regius Chair at Glasgow in 1962, leaving six years later to become Head of the Cambridge Botany School.