This is a place where we can remember Seymour. A place where family, friends, colleagues, drinking partners, sparring partners and anyone else he touched or influenced can remember, celebrate or toast him.
Seymour was a much loved partner, daddy and friend, a polar professor, space scientist, would-be airline pilot, lego lover, mountain man and proficient plumber. A man with friends all over the world, with a love of life and of living it up. Also a UCL man to his core.
He was funny, infuriating, great company, irascible, wise, wild, loveable, loving, and softer as a dad than any of us ever thought he could be.
It has taken a few days for the news of Seymour’s passing to sink in and it still shocks me now. I guess I’m young and inexperienced in death, but it feels so unbelievable. I have been a PhD student at CPOM for just over 4 years and Seymour has been a constant through my brief journey in the world of science. He was at every conference I attended, always explaining, always answering questions. I cannot imagine science without Seymour, we will all miss him.
When I had been at CPOM for just a few months Seymour learnt that my girlfriend was pregnant and I too was about to be come a father (at a young age). He immediately invited us both over for a meal and offered us loads of old baby stuff. This was such a wonderful experience for me. He gave me such kindness when I was quite lost in my uncertain future.