ACS: Hero worship

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There was a chance for us to “meet ”“>George Whitesides” today. It was a great idea – like a book signing by some celebrity chef or something. Having never met the great man myself I pottered over to the exhibition room and was amused by the long line of people queuing to get their special issue of Chemical and Engineering News signed.

(For those of you who don’t know who Whitesides is – he’s a professor at Harvard who has the widest ranging research areas I know of – and is doing some interesting work in the chemistry of the origins of life. He’s a hero to many young chemists)

I decided not to join the queue, as it didn’t seem like I was going to get a chance to really meet the man himself other than to say “Hello, I’m Katharine, from Nature”. Still, I hope everyone else was happy. Whitesides himself seemed to be enjoying himself. I even saw one fan who’d had his shirt signed. Has chemistry just gone rock and roll? Yeehah.