Funeral held for global pioneer of genetics

Norman Nevin

Norman Nevin

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The funeral has been held for a man hailed as a pioneer in the science of genetics.

Professor Norman Nevin had been based at Queen’s University Belfast for more than three decades, before retiring around the turn of the millennium.

He died on June 28, and this afternoon his funeral was held at south Belfast’s Crescent Church, close to the university.

Some of his breakthrough work included research into the effect folic acid has on the development of spina bifida.

He was part of a team which demonstrated that taking the supplement could drastically reduce the incidence of the disorder – something which had a hugely positive effect in reducing human suffering.

Queen’s colleague professor Anne Hughes, who worked with him for over 20 years, said: “I think he was certainly one of the very small nucleus of tremendously influential clinicians who established human genetics as we know it”.