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Popular scientist commits suicide after student suffered acid burns in laboratory accident

By Mason White 12:38 PM June 8, 2014
Doctor Mark Jervis 

By: Anika Rao
A popular scientist was found dead in his office after committing suicide following a laboratory accident, an investigative panel in the United Kingdom heard.

The insect scientist committed suicide after fearing he would lose his job.

Doctor Mark Jervis, 62, was stressed after a college student suffered acid burns on the face. Jervis, a professor at the Cardiff University, was found dead in his office.

The panel was told that Jervis slashed his wrists and neck with a knife. His wife Julia claimed that Jervis, a father of two children, was already under pressure from a heavy workload and the acid accident pushed him over the edge.

Jervis, an international expert on the life cycle of insects, was feeling suicidal after fearing he would lose his job when one of his doctoral students poured acid on his face during an experiment.

“Mark was extremely anxious and convinced that he would be fired for misconduct,” his wife said. After Jervis did not come home from work, she had sent him a text message that read: “Please do not do anything silly, I love you.”