Selected Topics in the History of Biochemistry. Personal Recollections. IV

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The editors invited selected authors who had participated in or observed developments in biochemistry and molecular biology, particularly in the second half of this century, to record their personal recollections of the times and circumstances in which they worked. Having been given free reign, both content and style of the contruibutions reflect the flavour of the personality of the author.

The book reflects the explosive development of biochemistry and molecular biology and related sciences that had led to the almost unique situation of these fields coming of age at a time when their founding fathers, or their scientific children, were alive and well.

The contributions in this volume encompass a wide variety of experiences in many different countries and in very different fields of biochemistry.

These volumes are of interest to bioscientists and to historians alike. Many authors, both as individuals and as scientists, lived and worked in the 'age of extremes' in the so-called 'short 20th century', and yet contributed significantly to the unprecedented development of life sciences in this period. These 'oral histories', set against a backdrop of the Second World War, Holocaust, and Stalinist terror, are thus of interest and relevance to older and younger generations alike. Perhaps the lessons learned from these first-hand accounts may contribute in some way to ensuring that future scientists can enjoy the fascination of science undisturbed by the avoidable tragedy of man-made events.

The contributors to this volume in the Comprehensive Biochemistry series encompass a wide variety of experiences in many different countries and in very different fields of biochemistry. Some have worked close to the laboratory bench throughout their scientific life and are continuing to do so. Others have been closely engaged in organizational matters, both nationally and internationally. All mention incidents in their own career or have observed those in others that will be of interest to future historians who will record and assess the period in which our contributors have lived and worked. It was an extremely exciting time for the life sciences. It was also a period of major and often tragic historical events that deeply affected the life and work of the generation to which our contributors belong

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780444819420
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 1/31/1995
  • Series: Comprehensive Biochemistry Series , #38
  • Pages: 508
  • Product dimensions: 1.19 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 9.21 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Life, luck and logic in biochemical research (F. Lynen). 2. Memories of Heidelberg - and of other places (T. Wieland). 3. Stepping stones - building bridges (B. Witkop). 4. Recollections: Vacillation of a classical biochemist (E.J.M. Helmreich). 5. These are the moments when we live! From thunberg tubes and manometry to phone, fax and fedex (H. Beinert). 6. Chorismic acid and beyond (F. Gibson). 7. Charge separation: A personal involvement in fundamental biological process (R.N. Robertson). 8. A biochemical autobiography (C. Rimington). 9. The importance of asking questions (P.N. Campbell).
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