Professor Morris has been widely recognised as one of the founders of the academic field of physical activity and health. As long ago as the early 1950s he established the impact of lack of activity on incidence of coronary heart disease through his studies of London double-decker bus conductors compared to the less active drivers. He was a hugely personable man who went on to inspire generations of researchers and practitioners and was still making significant contributions until he died at the age of 99 in 2009.
Funds were raised from both sides of the Atlantic, including BASES and members to have his name added to the beautiful glass atrium wall of honour at the Society headquarters at 1 Wimpole Street London. Professor Blair provided a touching overview of Jerry’s professional and personal contribution at a dedicated ceremony on the 31st March. Funds provide bursaries for medical students.