Professor Christopher Abell

Charity details

Royal Society For The Protection Of Birds

Our birds and wildlife are increasingly vulnerable in a rapidly-changing world. The RSPB aims to create bigger, better, more joined-up spaces for nature to save our wildlife, and our shared home.

Registered Number 207076

Messages of condolence

In memory of Dr. Chris Abell, whose kind smile and gentle spirit will always be remembered and cherished. May he rest in peace, and we will always remember his kindness towards us during each and every visit we had together, however few and far between they may have been. Amy Jung, Rebecca Wong, and family.

Ms Amy Jung

Chris influenced our lives in so many ways. He will be sorely missed. Sending our deepest condolences to Katherine and Daniel. Michelle Jones and Mike Hartshorn

Dr Michelle Jones

Sending love to the family at this difficult time.

Doctor Laura Elliott

My comfort and condolences to Katherine and Daniel in this difficult time.

Dr Carole Schmitz

with so many memories and love in our hearts

Mrs Marion Leeper

Chris has been such a great supervisor and a friend. We will miss him deeply!

Doctor xuejiao xu

So sorry to have lost such a kind and generous colleague

David Coomes

All my deepest condolences to Katherine and Daniel. Chris's support of others shall be deeply missed. A bird-watcher, I never knew, I hope you enjoyed the peregrines on King's College Chapel, the lammergeier that passed by Cambridge only recently and the wonderful birds in the woods near your home.

Dr Iain Thomas

Chris was a large part in shaping my education at Cambridge University and at Astex. My thoughts are with his family.

Dr Alison Woolford

We will miss you Chris


Our sincerest condolences to Katherine and Daniel. Chris was a great mentor to me and a close friend of my family. He was kind and always willing to supports people. Chris was a fantastic scientist and harvested a fruitful life. He will be sorely missed and never forgotten. Xin and Jie

Dr Xin Li

Chris was a wonderful mentor, extraordinary scientist and a great person admired by everyone around. Chris had supported me a lot. I can never forget him all through my life.

Dr Rajavel Srinivasan

Chris was a true friend and colleague who made a difference to us all, we mourn his loss but are grateful to have known him. My deepest condolences to Katherine and Daniel Margaret Stanley

Professor Margaret Stanley

Chris was an unorganized mentor, scientist, and friend; his loss is so devastating to me and to my colleagues who trained in his laboratory alongside me. My heart goes out to Katherine and Daniel during this incredibly difficult time.

Dr Ellene Mashalidis

Chris was such a great mentor and friend. We are so grateful for all the support and friendship he offered both at work and in life. Rest in peace Chris. You will be missed and always remembered.

Dr Xin Liu

A tragic loss of an extraordinary colleague and wonderful friend. Anna and my thoughts are with Katherine and Daniel. Rest in Peace Chris

Dr Peter Hedges

Our sincerest condolences to Katherine and Daniel. Chris is a wonderful person that made a massive difference and all by being himself - and someone I am very privileged to have known. Thank you for everything that you did for me Chris, We will all miss your sharp wit and tremendous vision and intellect, But most of all we will simply miss you. Bon voyage. Nigel & Judith

Dr Nigel Crockett

I shared many happy times with Chris as an undergraduate, and also together with Katherine and Daniel in later years. I am very saddened by his passing, and my heartfelt sympathy is with Katherine and Daniel.

Dr Trevor Newton

We are so saddened by the sudden departure of Chris. However we have been so lucky and proud that we have known Chris and learned a lot from Chris. Our deepest condolences to Katherine and Daniel. Fellow co-founders of Aqdot, Jing and Roger

Dr Jing Zhang

Chris was a wonderful and brilliant friend who will never by forgotten. Craig and Shirley

Mrs Shirley Jamieson

Such a shock to hear of Chris's untimely death. Just a few weeks before we went for a long early morning bike ride around the guided busway to St Ives - could not believe he would be gone soon. Chris was a great collegue and always extremely supportive in all my endevours, generous with advice and making time when needed despite his busy schedule. He will be sorely missed as a collaborator, mentor and friend. Rest in peace Chris. My deepest condolences to Katherine and Daniel. Marko

Dr Marko Hyvonen

In memory of an amazing friend and extraordinary colleague. You touched our lives forever. Gone but never forgotten. David and Sharon Cardwell

Professor David Cardwell

We are so lucky to have known Chris for many years. He was kind, generous and full of integrity. His extraordinary science, vision and drive has left a legacy for us all, in particular Astex and the University of Cambridge. He was a wonderful mentor, supervisor, adviser, collaborator and friend. His passing is a huge loss, especially Katherine and Daniel - we are thinking of them and we all cherish memories of time spent with the Abell family. Wal Ward, Gwyn Richards, Thomas Ward & Alex Ward

Dr Walter Ward

Our sincere sympathy to Katherine and Daniel. Chris was a kind, interesting and interested friend, with a fine sense of humour. He will be very much missed. A great loss. From Bob and Pat Mackenzie.

Mrs Patricia Mackenzie

Chris was a great friend who we will miss greatly. Mike & Patricia

Dr Mike Robson

I was very saddened to hear of Chris' passing. I have such fond memories of my time in Cambridge and enjoyed catching up with him when I visited Cambridge. He did so much for the students and postdocs who came through his lab, we are all very grateful. My deepest condolences to Katherine and Daniel, he will be very much missed.

Dr Kellie Tuck

I have fond memories of Chris as a fellow undergraduate at St. John's. You could tell then that he was going to be a high achiever and he lived life to the full. Our thoughts are with Katherine and Daniel. Alan Simpson and family.

Mr Alan Simpson

Chris was a great scientist and wonderful individual always willing to help and provide guidance. I first met Chris when, together with Tom Blundell, we set-up Astex in 1999. Over the last two decades Chris gave me and my Astex colleagues huge support as we grew the company into an established player within the biotech sector, I know he was rightly proud of his involvement with the company. He will be greatly missed by us all at Astex and also our Japanese colleagues at Otsuka. Our love and sincere condolences go to Katherine and Daniel. Harren & Kate

Dr Harren Jhoti

Our sincere condolences to Katherine and Daniel. Chris was always a pleasure to be with and in spite of his significant achievements he carried them with great modesty. He left too soon. Tim and Marie-Claire Haines

Mr tim haines

In memory of a very supportive and considerate colleague. Bill Jones

Mr William Jones

Chris was a wonderful person, a supportive supervisor and a great source of inspiration. He will be greatly missed.

Miss Tina Leontidou

Very sorry to hear of Chris's untimely death. Best wishes to the family.

Dr Colin Leach

Deepest sympathies to Katherine and Daniel. Chris will never be forgotten; he leaves a wonderful professional and personal legacy.


My sincerest condolences. Chris was a well-respected and generous individual and will be greatly missed.

Dr Frank Craig

In memory of a dear friend and colleague. Maggie and Dave Klenerman

Dr dave Klenerman

A deeply missed colleague and friend. Deepest condolences to Katherine and Daniel

Dr Leszek Borysiewicz

Rest in peace.

Ms Janice Kwan

My deepest condolences to Katherine and Daniel. Like everyone I'll miss Chris enormously, and I remember with great affection our trip to Amsterdam to run the marathon there.

Dr Jim Smith

In Memory of an outstanding and valued colleague who I will greatly miss.

Mr Mark Lewisohn

I was shocked to hear the desperately sad news. Chris will be sorely missed.

Dr Chris Murray

Chris was an exceptional person, he will be deeply missed by people whose lives he touched in all four corners of the globe.

Mrs Catherine Atkins

Chris was such a key member of our PVC team, and a great friend and colleague over many years. I greatly respected him and greatly enjoyed working with him. An awfully painful loss. I send my deep condolences and support to Katherine and Daniel.

Professor Duncan Maskell

In memory of a dear friend and colleague.

Professor Graham Virgo

I am shocked to hear such sad news. Professor Chris Abell will be much missed.

Dr Shijun Wen

I am terribly sorry for your loss. I hope you find comfort in the outpouring of love for Chris. He will be missed by so many.

Mrs Swain

Chris was a good friend and an inspirational colleague who has made a real difference to those around him through his research and as a teacher and mentor.

Dr John Skidmore

In memory of a much valied friend and colleague

Professor Peter Lachmann

chris will be much missed as a valued colleague and friend.

Professor martin johnson

My heartfelt condolences. Chris was a great man and a supportive, much valued colleague. We will all miss him greatly.

Dr Rhys Morgan

Chris was a fabulous supervisor and also a good friend for me. He was an outstanding scientist and a kind person who always help others. My Cambridge life over the past eight years could not be so fruitful without his kindness and supporting. We will miss him very much. Ziyi Yu from Nanjing Tech University.

Dr Ziyi Yu

We are so sorry for your loss. I have so many good memories of Chris on our family adventures over the years. I saw him as a loving father and husband and an extraordinary friend to my parents. He will be dearly missed for years to come.

Rachel Cane

R.I.P. Chris. You will be deeply missed, yet the legacy of your generosity and contributions will stay with us all. Thank you for everything, Alessio

Professor Alessio Ciulli

In loving memory of our cherished friend Chris Abell. We miss him deeply but treasure the memories of all of our wonderful times together over the last nearly 40 years.

Professor and Ms David and Suzanne Cane

I'm so sorry for your loss. Chris was an amazing scientist, mentor and all round human being. He will be missed.

Dr Rhian Holvey

In memory of Chris Abell

Dr Zhijun Meng

So sad that Chris has gone so young.

Dr Chris Jones

Chris was an outstanding, inspirational scientist and a pleasure to know as a friend. He has made a difference with his life and contributed to many others who will do the same.

Dr Glyn Williams

Chris was an endless source of wisdom and support for those around him who now carry the warm happy memories of an exceptional life.

Professor Jane Stapleton

Chris was a close friend and collaborator of Tom, demonstrating the value of interdisciplinary research between physics, chemistry and biology, and publishing 50 papers together over 25 years. We were co-founders with Harren Jhoti of Astex Pharma, which has two cancer drugs on the market, but also collaborated in academia using the techniques developed in Astex for drug design to combat tuberculosis and cystic fibrosis. It was certainly one of the most beautiful and productive experiences in my research career. We will miss him very much and send our love and condolences to Katherine and Daniel. Tom and Lynn Blundell

Dr Tom Blundell

In memory of Chris


In memory of Chris Abell, very much missed.

Doctor Anthony Coynw

Rest in peace Chris. You will be sorely missed but remembered always. Teresa

Ms Teresa Wiseman

Service details

Cremation Service

23 November, 2020 14:00

Cam Valley Crematorium

Field Farm Drive, Great Chesterford, CB10 1RP