Melvin Calvin : Nobel-Winning chemist and SETI scientist wannabe
Author(s)Temming, Maria C
Nobel-Winning chemist and SETI scientist wannabe
Nobel-Winning chemist and Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence scientist wannabe
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Graduate Program in Science Writing.
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Melvin Calvin spent more than a decade answering one longstanding question in biochemistry: how did plants use carbon dioxide to manufacture carbohydrates in photosynthesis? This research earned Calvin a Nobel Prize-an honor that catapulted him to international fame, secured him spots on presidential advisory committees, and got him plenty of textbook mentions. But even though Calvin's claim to fame was his work on photosynthesis, his longestrunning passion project was investigating the origins of life in the universe. Astrobiology efforts peppered his career, from theorizing about chemical evolution to inspecting meteorites and moon rocks to joining the Order of the Dolphin at the first Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) conference in 1961.
Thesis: S.M. in Science Writing, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Comparative Media Studies/Writing, 2017.Cataloged from PDF version of thesis.Includes bibliographical references (pages 26-27).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Comparative Media Studies.; Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Graduate Program in Science Writing.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Comparative Media Studies., Graduate Program in Science Writing.