Heroes of Science

by Leslie Spierling, R.N. | 10/26/01 5:00am

To the Editor:

The article on Dr. Sharpless ("Sharpless: I broke nature's monopoly," Oct. 12) really inspired one who, up until two years ago, viewed chemistry as dull and uninteresting, despite being a nurse for 20 years. Then I had the opportunity to attend a small college here in Pittsburgh to obtain my degree, and that is when chemistry came alive to me. It was all in the presentation of chemistry as affecting every aspect of our lives that makes its appeal so sweet. I am glad that chemistry has a leader such as Dr. Sharpless in the field so that others to feel its intrigue and not its intimidation.

I was fortunate to work with a world famous scientist, Bernard Fisher, M.D., here at the University of Pittsburgh and know how slowly science really develops and how late in life the recognition comes.

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