The chair of the department of biological sciences at Columbia, in 2008, Martin Chalfie shared the Nobel prize in chemistry for the discovery of green fluorescent protein. It is a matter of conjecture whether such intellectual gifts run in families, but it is confirmed that his paternal grandmother was a cook at the Manischewitz Company, another kind of chemistry.
PERSON: Osamu Shimomura
PLACE: Cambridge Molecular Biology Lab
THING: Green Fluorescent Protein
RANDY’S THING: a rocking chair