Saturday, January 06, 2007

Maud Menten and the Michaelis-Menten Equation

The other day, when I was taking a picture of the insulin plaque on the side on my building, I also got a photo of the Maud Menten plaque at the front of the Medical Sciences Building opposite Queen's Park.

Menten is famous for the Michaelis-Menten equation

the bane of all biochemistry undergraduates.

Michaelis and Menten are responsible for establishing the fundamental principles of enzyme kinetics and for putting biochemistry on solid mathematical ground. They were never recognized by the Nobel committee for their important contributions.

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