Paul Mulcock was born in Christchurch in 1926. He was educated at Christ’s College and graduated BSc (1949), MSc (1951) from the University of Canterbury, and PhD in 1961 from Lincoln College. He was appointed Foundation Professor of Microbiology at Lincoln (1974-1990) and Head of Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology at Lincoln (1987-1990). His research interests have included plant diseases, the microbiology of the fleece of sheep, and the production of ethanol as an alternative fuel.
His university commitments have included teaching and science administration, and he served as a member of the Curriculum and Scholarship Committees of the NZ University Grants Committee. Paul also served as a member of the Lincoln University Council. He retired from the University in 1990. He is a past Director of the Water and Atmospheric Research Ltd. (1991-95) and Past Chairman of the NZ Committee for Water Pollution Research and Control and became an NZMS honorary member in 1990.