Thursday, July 02, 2009

Lindau: The way dinner should be


When you first meet Aaron Ciechanover, he appears to have the distracted air of a man who feels slightly inconvenienced to be in whatever situation has been apparently imposed on him. But this preoccupied demeanor belies a mind which is ready to hold forth on a disparate variety of topics with infinite verve and enthusiasm and which is not reluctant to be politically incorrect, provocative and utterly honest. And it hides a broad smile which is very readily revealed at the mention of a favourite incident or fact.

If there is one word to describe the Israeli doctor, biochemist and Nobel Laureate it's passion, and this passion is pronounced no matter what the topic of discussion; from protein degradation to languages and traveling, from politics to history. Whether we were talking about protein structure or Israel-Palestine relations, Ciechanover's thoughts were always opinionated, honest, cogent, provocative and without a dull shade in them. This is the kind of stimulating person that you always want as a dinner companion...


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Blogger Vivek Gupta said...

This is a wonderful thing that you are able to do for us science enthusiasts; like a telescope you are allowing us to get acquainted with these brightly shining but distant constellation of academic stars. Your blog has always been a source of both scientific knowledge and elegantly written essays. Keep it up!

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Blogger Wavefunction said...

Thanks for the generous appreciation! You can be sure it's as much or more pleasure for me to write this as it is for you to read it.

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