Michael Jaggs has died at the age of 77. The contact lens pioneer started his career in optics with Leighton's Opticians in 1954. After qualifying as a dispensing optician, he ran a branch for the company, and then studied optometry at Northampton College, four years later. He started his own practice in London in 1969 and began making his own soft lenses by 1973. In 1995, he was ordained a priest in the Church of England, reducing his contact lens fitting to two days per week. In his long career, he has been the chairman of the ADO Contact Lens Study Group, the chairman and treasurer of the Association of Contact Lens Manufacturers, the president of the European Federation of the Contact Lens Industry, and president and treasurer of the British Contact Lens Association (BCLA).