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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Design for Chaos

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This way by for the most interesting article I read when research creative serendipity: DESIGNING FOR CHAOS, SERENDIPITY, AND A NOBEL PRIZE?

Not only did it influence the development of the publication but how I present it in our final show, and not to mention my personal practice.

Notes

  • Many of us the idea of designing specifically for chaos and serendipity makes us uneasy.
  • Workplaces continue to evolve, where the place is seen as a backdrop to new ways of working and new ways of thinking.
  • Might lead to not just greater collaboration and innovation.
  • Serendipity or chance encounters that lead to something are more likely in environments where things are not completely planned, where informal conversations are encouraged, and where the workspace design enables chance encounters.
  • “We need to be designing spaces that are not predictable and where there are unexpected, interesting things going on.” Professor Philip Follent, head of the Soheil Abedian School of Architecture at Bond.
  • Studies have shown that professionals get 80 percent of their ideas from casual interactions.

I’m thinking of doing this as a two page spread. First titles Design For Chaos/Chaos in workspace, then the second about Leon Heppel’s story.