John H Shaw (left KES in 1943)

Death of top Ozone scientist

A SHEFFIELD-born scientist, who was one of the first to warn the world about dangers to the ozone layer, has died in the USA aged 83. Professor John Shaw was born in Page Hall and went to Firs Hill Infant and Juniors in Pitsmoor, before winning a scholarship to King Edward VII School in Broomhill.

He studied at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, taking a PhD, where he met his wife Betty, whom he married in 1949. Soon after the couple emigrated to Columbus, Ohio, where he joined the physics department of Ohio State University and worked there until his retirement in 1988.

Professor Shaw organised a successful research mission which was carried out by astronauts aboard the space shuttle Orbiter and was named as one of the 400 most influential people in the USA. His sister Barbara Cahill, of Oughtibridge, said John was always immensely proud of his Sheffield roots. "He always said he came from Sheffield in England, never from Ohio where he lived for so many years."

Sheffield Star, 21 February 2008