Early taxonomical workers on nematodes of the United Kingdom

Rothamsted Nematode Collection (RNC)

The Rothamsted collection, now housed at Fera, comprises of around 21,000 microscope slides (including c. 3,700 types) and a 'wet collection'. This is a working reference collection of plant parasitic and terrestrial nematodes, used to underpin statutory diagnostic work at Fera. The oldest slides in the collection were prepared by Tom Goodey, and date back to the 1930s.

Tom Goodey O.B.E. (1885-1953)

Recognized as the Father of Nematology in Britain. Although his early postgraduate work was on soil protozoa, from 1920 he worked exclusively on nematodes. His first text book, Plant Parasitic Nematodes and the Diseases They Cause, published in 1933, was a notable landmark in the development of nematology. He was author, or co-author, of 125 publications, which included the proposal of 9 new genera, 37 new species and 49 detailed re-descriptions of nematodes. In 1951, he was responsible for the very successful nematology symposium held in Harpenden, which marked the beginning of the biennial nematology symposia in Europe. In 1947 he was made head of the newly formed Nematology Department at Rothamsted Experimental Station, where he stayed until his retirement in 1952.

J. Basil Goodey (1914-1965)

Took his father's place as the leading British authority for the identification and classification of plant and soil nematodes. During 18 years he published over 60 scientific papers and also undertook the revision of his father's books. His greatest contribution to nematology was the complete revision of "Soil and freshwater nematodes" with its many new descriptions and re-descriptions of genera and a new classification of major groups. He received many specimens for diagnosis from all over the world and experienced nematologists came to Rothamsted to learn to identify nematodes, or to study classification and bionomics.