Jack Szostak on 'Life in the Lab' (And Autocatalytic Sets)

July 2, 2014 2:43 AM

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There is a certain hush when the name "Jack Szostak" is mentioned in science circles. Yes, he's a Nobel laureate, but the moment of silence seems to be more for a man who is trusted. He's also a handsome man, with fine Polish features. (His paternal grandfather was from Cracow.) The elegance he and his wife brought to the Nobel events, captured in photos, says more.

Szostak's autobiography mentions that his father Bill, an aeronautical engineer, built a chemistry lab for him in the basement of their home in Montreal during his high-school years, encouraging and sometimes participating in the scientific exploration. Vi, his mother, supplied the "remarkably dange...

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