Category Archives: Academia

University and scientific careers

Biography of Walter Heape – Victorian reproductive biologist, traveler and entrepreneur

This week we published a biography of Walter Heape by John D. Biggers, Ph.D., D.Sc., who has worked in the field of reproductive biology from 1950 and at Harvard Medical School from 1971 where he is now Emeritus Professor of … Continue reading

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In memoriam – Howard W. Jones, Jr. M.D. (1910-2015)

 FROM SUN TO SHINING SEA Dr. Howard Jones passed away a year ago today in his 105th year. The following is extracted from the prologue I wrote for “Howard & Georgeanna” (2015) to remind us of our loss.  Since pioneer days, very … Continue reading

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Milton’s Mulberry Tree

According to tradition, a mulberry tree was planted at Christ’s College in Cambridge the same year that John Milton was born (1608). The tree shaded the poet when he went up to university as an undergraduate, and survives in what … Continue reading

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The Genius of Charles Darwin

The gleam of a great idea often glows first and fiercest in an unknown eye and out of a dark corner. How many college dropouts and loners tinkering in their garages have become celebrated silicon entrepreneurs? How many great writers, … Continue reading

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Cost of Knowledge

I no longer sleep-walk when writing articles for scientific or medical journals, because I was woken to the drumbeats of an academic spring. As young scientists we were taught we must either “publish or perish” but I now hear the … Continue reading

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