- In a previous autobiographical sketch for DNA Repair (Linn, S. (2012) Life in the serendipitous lane: excitement and gratification in studying DNA repair. DNA Repair 11, 595–605), I wrote about my involvement in research on mechanisms of DNA repair. In this Reflections, I look back at how I became interested in free radical chemistry and biology and outline some of our bizarre (at the time) observations. Of course, these studies could never have succeeded without the exceptional aid of my mentors: my teachers; the undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and senior lab visitors in my laboratory; and my faculty and staff colleagues here at Berkeley.
- In his nearly three decades of leadership in the natural sciences at The Rockefeller Foundation, Warren Weaver contributed substantially to the mid-twentieth century revolution in biology and agricultural science. A veritable polymath, over a lifetime, Weaver also contributed significantly to mathematics, statistics, physics, and computer science and to various scientific associations (1). In the early 1930s, he persuaded Alexander Hollaender, a highly regarded radiobiologist, to survey the literature and write a report for The Rockefeller Foundation on the biological effects of radiation.