Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Biochemists on Abbey Road

Jerry Coyne posted the photograph on the right and said, "If you don’t know what happened a few minutes after this picture was taken in 1969, you are either way too young or have no knowledge of rock history" [Music history about to be made]. I agree but, unfortunately, there are way too many people who are way too young. You can't blame them for not knowing what was about to happen.

I've been on that crosswalk dozens of times because it's right near a house in St. John's Wood where I once stayed while in London. Here's a photograph (below) of the owner of that house along with some of his friends. You don't have to be very old to have been around when this photo was taken but you do have to have some knowledge of the history of biochemistry and molecular biology.

How many of you can name all the scientists in this photo? (No peeking at the comments.)



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  1. Crosswalk?

    Please! It's a zebra crossing, complete with Belisha Beacons!

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    1. Hmmmm ... that explains why the cars are on the wrong side of the road. I thought someone reversed the photos.

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  2. Why doesn't the third guy from the left wear shoes? Is he dead? Maybe the registration plate on the car will give us some clue.

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  3. I know few biochemists, so can't guess much, but the first guy in looks a bit like your thesis advisor Bruce Alberts.

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  4. A quick peek at my copy of "molecular biology of the cell" provided me with the names. But I must confess I didn't know them by heart.

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  5. Only one guy's name on the picture (last one) truly warrants any non-specialist to be aware of him in his professional role.

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  6. These are the authors of Molecular Biology of the Cell 3rd edition. From right to left: Bruce Alberts, Dennis Bray, Julian Lewis, Martin Raff, Keith Roberts, and Jim Watson. Contrary to rumor, Martin Raff is not dead.

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    1. Martin is definitely NOT dead! I email with him all the time. He's awesome

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    2. Ah I feel like a jerk! Dennis I remember of course! It was just so long ago.

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  7. My name is Gavin Borden and my dad published this text book in the 80s! This book was actually dedicated to him because he died of cancer a year before it was published.
    That's Jim Watson in the back. Keith right in front of Jim. Keith used to write me illustrated books with fictional titles like Gavin and Sarah Go To London. Amazing illustrations. In other words, he's about the nicest guy on the planet. Well... Martin Raff, standing in front of him, is in a tie for nicest guy on the planet. Watch his Web of Stories on line! It's terrific. No idea who the next two guys are, BUT in the front we have Bruce Alberts. Known for his climbing and refrigerator raiding skills.

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