The late Vera Grant Hewitt Collins, born on the 5th March 1926, joined the Freshwater Biological Association (a charity dedicated to the understanding and effective management of fresh waters and the organisms that live within) as a scientific assistant in April 1947. She worked in the bacteriology department, and was approved for a series of promotions (from Experimental Officer, to Senior Scientific Officer, then finally to Principal Scientific Officer) in the 1960s.
Her work included sampling freshwater for bacterial counts, and devising new methods for counting bacteria. Work was also undertaken on micro-flora
Vera Collins retired from the Freshwater Biological Association on the 28th February 1977
Works published can be accessed via various journals including the Freshwater Biological Associations journal 'Freshwater Biology', 'Journal of general microbiology', and the 'Journal of applied microbiology'