Leading Zimbabwe Microbiologist Dies After Contracting Coronavirus
A leading Zimbabwean scientist based in London, Dr Paul Matewele has died after contracting the coronavirus (COVID-19).
The Metro reports that Dr Paul Matewele, a senior lecturer in microbiology immunology at London Metropolitan University, died at Barnet Hospital, it was announced on
Tuesday. The ‘exceptionally kind’ researcher had published several studies on the dangers of life-threatening bacteria being passed through cash and public transport and was the scientist behind Metro.co.uk’s investigation into how traces of feces had been found on McDonald’s touchscreens.
Tributes paid to Dr Matewele after his death described him as a ‘gentle soul’ who ‘was generous with his time and with his smile’.
Dr Una Fairbrother, Head of the School of Human Sciences, said: ‘Paul was a very special colleague.
‘He was an exceptionally kind and happy character with an unequaled passion for cakes, he shared his teddy bear hugs amongst all who wanted them.
‘Uniquely, he managed to combine being a dynamic researcher, a smashing teacher and being enormously laid back and unflappable. He was generous with his time and with his smile.
‘He will be enormously missed by our staff and students. Our thoughts are especially with his close friends and family, including his son, William.’
His colleague Prof Gary McLean told BBC: ‘Paul was the most gentle soul. [He] always had a huge smile.
‘He was a passionate microbiologist, well-loved by his students and always a calm and kind colleague. He will be really missed by all our staff and students.’
A London Met spokesperson said: ‘Paul had been with the university for over 30 years and will be a huge loss to colleagues and all the students he has taught and inspired over the years.
‘Our thoughts today are with his friends and family, and with all those who are suffering at this very difficult time.’
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