Leon A. Heppel

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  • Leon A. Heppel
  • 1912-2010, died age 97(impressive)
  • Granger, Utah USA
  • Former National Institutes of Health (NIH) scientist
  • Pioneered the study of enzymes that modify RNA
  • Member of the National Academy of Sciences

Story

Leon Heppel, a researcher at the U.S. National Institute of Health who was the owner of what might be described as the ultimate messy and chaotic desk.

Heppel’s desk used to get so messy that he occasionally would lay a sheet of brown paper over the top of all the mess so that he could continue working.

One day, as he was rifling through some papers on the upper and lower levels of his desk, he came across letters from two totally unconnected researchers.

Seeing a potential connection, Heppel put the two in touch with each other, an outcome that eventually led to a Nobel Prize.

References

http://www.asbmb.org/asbmbtoday/201007/Retrospective/Heppel/

http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/2010/04/cornell-microbiologist-heppel-dies-97

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