From humble beginnings as a small desert laboratory in Tucson, Arizona, at the beginning of the twentieth century, the Carnegie Institution's Department of Plant Biology has evolved into a thriving international center of plant molecular biology that sits today on the campus of Stanford University. In the last hundred years it has witnessed immense changes in biological thinking, and been at the forefront of innovative research. This fourth in a series of five histories of the Carnegie Institution touches on the tangled beginnings of ecology, the baroque complexities of photosynthesis, the great mid-century evolutionary synthesis and the adventurous start of the plant molecular revolution.French got rid of the students, hired Richard Hart as professional machinist, and helped guide the shop to become an important extension of the research program. ... The French Press was next, followed by an automatic recording fluorescence spectrophotometer and a massive machine four ... biological procedures not only for breaking up chloroplasts but for blasting yeast, bacteria, and other organisms. ... He even patented, in 1960, an optical range finder for use in land surveying.
|Title||:||Centennial History of the Carnegie Institution of Washington: Volume 4, The Department of Plant Biology|
|Author||:||Allan Sandage, Louis Brown, Patricia Parratt Craig|
|Publisher||:||Cambridge University Press - 2004|