Dr Michael Skinner

Dear All


It is with great sadness and regret that we inform you of the death of Dr Michael Skinner, our colleague in the Faculty of Pharmacy. Dr Skinner passed away on the 18th October 2016 in Grahamstown.


Mike came to Rhodes to start his Masters degree in 1985 and graduated with his PhD in 1992, working with Professor Izzy Kanfer.   He then worked for a drug delivery company in the UK as a Formulation Analyst and Scientist, before returning to join Rhodes as a staff member in 1996.


During the last 20 years, he has lectured many students as a relief lecturer in the subject of Pharmaceutics, specializing in the areas of drug dissolution, novel delivery mechanisms, kinetics and drug stability.

He has held the following positions in the Biopharmaceutics Research Institute (BRI) as Senior Research Officer from 1998 - 2001, Acting Director from 2002 - 2007 and Director of the BRI from 2008 - present (2016).


Mike will be fondly remembered by all our Faculty as a quiet, gentle and kind man, who loved nature, and enjoyed hiking, kite-surfing and rock climbing. He was a true gentleman and an exceptional scientist.


The memorial service to remember his life is on Friday 21st October, at 3:30pm, at the Full Gospel Church (11 Caldicott Street) in Grahamstown.


Yoland Irwin (BPharm, MSc in Pharmacy)

Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice (Head of division)

Faculty of Pharmacy

Rhodes University



Tel: 046 603 8396 / 8381

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