I was very fortunate to work with the Annual Reviews organization to create and document a series of conversations with an amazing selection of prominent scientists. Below are a few of my favorites:
Dr. Roger Guillemin, Distinguished Professor at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and Laureate of the 1977 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, talks about his life and career with Dr. Greg Lemke, Françoise Gilot-Salk Professor at the Salk Institute, for the 2013 Annual Review of Physiology. Dr. Guillemin discusses his childhood and high school education in Dijon, France, and how he and his friends preferred to go underground at the end of their first year of medicine rather than be shipped to Munich to build weapons for the German army. After the war, Dr. Guillemin practiced medicine, then decided follow Hans Selye to his laboratory in Montreal. There he began the research in endocrinology that led him to make discoveries and lay the foundations of the study of brain hormones, eventually winning the Nobel Prize.
Carl Djerassi, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry at Stanford University and best known for his contribution to the development of oral contraceptive pills, talks about his life and career with Roger Kornberg, Editor of the Annual Review of Biochemistry, Professor at the Department of Structural Biology at the Stanford University School of Medicine and Laureate of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
Dr. Irven DeVore, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Harvard University, in conversation with Dr. Peter Ellison, Co-Editor of this journal and Professor of Anthropology and Human Evolutionary Biology, also at Harvard University. Dr. DeVore talks about his life and career, describing how he went from social anthropology to studying and filming baboons and other primates in Africa, to observing the Bushmen of the Kalahari and the Pygmies. Dr. DeVore was one of the first to incorporate sociobiological theory into his work, a decision that would prove as fundamental as it was challenging. In his own words, he would have to "turn [his] back on everything [he'd] understood until that point in anthropology."