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Dead professor's 'brilliant mind'

Steve Morris - family photograph
Steve Morris' wife Maria said he was dedicated to his work

Tributes have been paid to a biologist who died after his bicycle collided with a van in Bristol.

Steve Morris, 52, from Backwell was taken to hospital after the accident during Tuesday morning's rush hour but died a day later.

His wife Maria said he always knew the right thing to say and "had a brilliant mind and managed to amaze everybody with his extensive knowledge".

Mr Morris was a professor of biological sciences at the University of Bristol.

"Steve paid attention to the little but important things in life. He lived his life to the fullest and travelled to all corners of the world," Mrs Morris said.

"Through hard work and perseverance he achieved what some people can only dream about doing. He was extremely funny and witty, always making everyone smile and laugh."

"He was dedicated to his work and made a great contribution to the scientific community," she added.

Witnesses to the accident, which happened at the junction of Winterstoke Road and Brunel Way at 0715 BST on Tuesday, have been urged to contact police.

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