No Ordinary Mike: Michael Smith, Nobel Laureate
Eric DamerISBN: 1553800141;
Book DescriptionNo Ordinary Mike examines how the son of a poor English market gardener took advantage of school reforms to learn the skills necessary for a career in science. The biography notes his unforeseen arrival in Vancouver and the circumstances that led him to make the city his life-long home. As a professor at the University of British Coumbia, Smith dedicated his considerable talent and energy to research in biochemistry and molecular biology, and later launched the University's internationally regarded Biotechnology Laboratory. After his 1993 Nobel Prize, Smith became a powerful advocate of science who influenced national policy and helped to establish Canada's pre-eminent Genome Sciences Centre. Damer and Astell present not only the career and science of a great Canadian scientist, but also the politics and personalities of university life.
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