Obituary: Dr Michael Port

Dr Michael Port (consultant on clinical evaluation of Euromcontact document) passed away

 ANSI Z80 CL Subcommittee:  It is with a heavy heart that I report to you news from Dr. Josh Josephson in Canada, confirmed by Mr. Tony Koller in Australia, that Mr. Michael Port passed away on August 24 2017. He apparently had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in March of 2017. … 

Mike was one of the first people I met at my first ISO contact lens meeting in 1986, as he and his British colleagues had a half-pint at lunch in a pub with me on my first day as an ANSI representative in London. Approximately 12 years ago, after an interim meeting again in London, he and I took a ride down the Thames to Greenwich and visited the Royal Observatory and the Prime Meridian. In Lisbon, when we arrived at our hotel, I bought a round of Tawny Port for those who had walked in with us, in honor of Michael Port who had arrived early as well. Mike had been a Ph.D. student of Dr. C. Montague Ruben at the Moorfields Eye Hospital who had moved to Houston, Texas, for a short time and was the person to whom I was then reporting. Thus Mike and I had a natural connection.

Michael Port was a representative of the British Standards Institute at the ISO meetings on contact lenses for longer than I can remember. He was an awfully tremendous fellow, and it won’t be the same for me when we visit Berlin or Dallas at the next two such ISO meetings.

Joe Benjamin, ex ISO contact lens Convenor and current US ANSI Chairman.


“With regret I have to inform you that Dr Mike Port passed away from cancer on August 24. Mike, although ill, attended the last ISO meeting in Budapest, and his knowledge and work in the Standardisation of contact lenses will be sorely missed.

I first met Mike in 1985 when I joined the BSI committee, and through our standards connection he was instrumental in putting me in touch with Ken Pullum which advanced the field of Gas Permeable Scleral contact lenses. Mike did a lot of lens testing at City University in support of the contact lens test methods in the 1980’s and 90’s, which were input into the ISO standards. He continued with the drafting of many of the ISO standards including the preparation and revision of the 18369 series, the latest versions of which will soon be published.

Mike was always of good humour and a very kind person. I will miss his support and contribution to our meetings.”

John Parker


“I am very sorry to hear this news, as I have known Mike all my optical career.

Mike fitted me with PMMA lenses in my second year at City – I couldn’t face trying to fit other people unless I had had a try myself – even though I was unsuccessful.  Mike was doing an M Phil I believe – we couldn’t do a PhD at that stage since neither of us had degrees – ophthalmic optics as a diploma course at Northampton College of Advanced Technology, before it became City.

He took over from me as convenor of ISO/TC172/SC7/WG1 terminology around 1998, before it was made dormant and the work transferred to a PG within WG3.  We never looked at any other subjects – the instrument people said ‘buzz off’, Mike and I worked to make the CL definitions match the spectacle lens ones where appropriate. “

Ron Rabbetts, the Convenor of the ISO committee on spectacles


“Thanks for passing on the message about Michael’s death.  I haven’t met him for some years but I also worked with him a lot in the early days of BSI, BCLA etc and he always was most positive and good to work with.”

Gordon Jones, current ACLM Chairman


“That is very sad.  I was under the impression they were managing to expand time with P cancer but it would not in Mike’s case.

I worked with Mike at Moorfields – I am not quite sure if that was in the pre-Cayton Street days but certainly since ’77 when we moved there.  He never changed over the years – always quiet, kind and a gentleman.”

Rosemary Bailey, contact lens prescriber and long time member of BSI committee