John Selborne (John Palmer, Lord Selborne) died on 12th February 2021; he was 80 years old. John was a farmer, conservationist, science policy expert and parliamentarian. He was Vice-Patron of the Royal Entomological Society.
John agreed to become the Society’s first Vice-Patron in 2007 to “further the Society’s objectives in parliament and elsewhere”. He achieved that through promoting the Society and including it in consultations and through evidence to committees. John officially opened the Society's heaquarters at Mansion House in May 2008, cutting the ribbon with then DEFRA Secretary Hilary Benn. He launched six of the Society’s biennial National Insect Week campaigns (2008-18) and was always keen to champion entomological research in public and in parliament. He was elected Honorary Fellow of the Society in 2010.
John Selborne played a unique role in British public life for over 40 years. Many institutions, including the Royal Entomological Society, are the better for engaging with him. He is survived by his wife Joanna and children William, George, Luke & Emily.
A full article about John's life will appear in Antenna later in 2021. The family is planning a memorial service, to be held later this year.