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Well-written and engaging biography about famous scientist,
This review is from: Sydney Brenner: A Biography (Hardcover)
This is a thorough, well-written, and engaging biography about Sidney Brenner, one of the chief architects of molecular biology who rose to prominence in the 1960s as a close associate of James Watson, Francis Crick, and other famous molecular biologists of that era. Brenner was a medical student in South Africa during WWII, and I found the recounting of his gradual conversion into a research scientist during these early and formative years especially engaging. Sidney Brenner's role as president of the student council and his involvement in student political activism in South Africa were unexpected and interesting. There are also of course chapters about Brenner's contributions to deciphering the genetic code and many other landmark studies in molecular biology, which culminated in his being awarded (some would say quite belatedly) the Nobel Prize in 2002. Throughout the book there is plenty in the way of the politics and struggles of being a scientist mixed together with Brenner's unique and imposing personality as a genius "enfant terrible". This is a good biography for scientists and non-scientists alike.