Chance » Reflections

Vasilis Ntziachristos

Director of Institute for Biological and Medical Imaging, Munich Germany

02 June 2011

It has been a true blessing for me that Bjorn send me to Brit – to spent the most amazing five years in his lab. It was not just the science, but a life that seemed to know no limits – what an example to have as guidance...
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Avraham Mayevsky

Faculty of Life Sciences
Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel

June 6, 2011

My first meeting with Prof. Britton Chance was in Israel during his attendance of the Biophysical Society meeting in 1971. He came to visit my advisor toward my Ph.D thesis, Prof David Samuel at the Isotope Department of the Weizmann Institute...
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Linda Powers

Professor of Biomedical Engineering
University of Arizona

12 April 2011

My first encounter with BC was through an introduction by Paul Mueller when I was in my last year of graduate school. BC offered me a post-doc position at the JF, but I chose to take a scientific staff position at AT&T Bell Labs...
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Joseph McGowan

McGowan Associates
Graduate student under Jack Leigh

30 May 2011

Many may write about the first time they saw Brit ride his bicycle down the hall in the laboratory building. Still, that memory says a lot about the man. The hour was early, he was clearly of an age where most people were retired.....
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Michael Solomon

BC's accountant of 25 years

June 6, 2011

Thank you so much for inviting me to be part of the tribute to Dr. Chance. As his accountant for more than 25 years, I did not have a firsthand appreciation of his professional accomplishments over a very long and productive lifetime...
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J. Baz Jackson

12 May 2011

I met Britton Chance in June 1968 while attending my first science conference, at Freudenstadt in Germany. I was 22. It may have been the year of youth revolt but I was still a little wary of this great baron of oxidative and photophosphorylation as he listened courteously and very carefully to what I had to say, even taking notes of our informal discussion....
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Yale Goldman

Professor of Physiology
University of Pennsylvania

02 June 2011

Brit was always very interested in my research on molecular motors and asked challenging questions. We enjoyed talking about that and muscle metabolism. The following anecdote captures his assertiveness...
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Hong-Mei Li

A graduate and then mentor in the high school summer program

26 January 2006

A look back at interacting with Brit, first as a high school student and later as a mentor in the same program.

Today, as I was scheduling the Johnson Library and the classroom for the Summer Program with Angie....
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Steve Miller

Rytallix Technologies Inc
Worked at the JF in the mid-1990s

19 September 2011

It was with much sadness that I learned of Britton's passing, and despite his impressive age, also much shock--it was just so hard to believe that such a towering figure of science, life and achievement was now gone. Over the years, I had always periodically checked...
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Lin Li

Assistant Professor of Radiology
University of Pennsylvania

21 May 2011

Britton Chance was my mentor. I got to know Brit when I was a graduate student in the biophysics program at the University of Pennsylvania in 1994-2000. However, I did not have the chance to be his graduate student. Jack Leigh...
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Yu Chen

Assistant Professor of Engineering
University of Maryland

07 May 2011

The first time I heard BC’s name was 1996. When I asked Professor Linda Powers, who was visiting Peking University in China, on her advice for my future Ph.D. directions, she said: “you should pursue some frontier research”. To her...
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Giuseppe Cicco

Professor of Biomedical Engineering
University of Arizona

12 April 2011

Britton Chance has been a person of superlative quality, a big friend, a great teacher and researcher, and a big scientist in Biochemistry known in the world. I first met Professor Britton Chance during the annual conference...
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Laszlo Gyulai

Associate Professor of Psychiatry
University of Pennsylvania

29 May 2011

I worked at the Johnson Research Foundation with Brit between 1980 and 1985 as a research associate. Through Brit's and my Hungarian mentor Dr. Arisztid Kovach's collaboration I started my in vivo NAD/NADH fluorometry...
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Joel Greenberg

Research Professor of Neurology
University of Pennsylvania

29 May 2011

Until the mid 1980’s, much of what was known about brain energy metabolism under pathological conditions was obtained by classical biochemical techniques that were extremely invasive (Siesjo, 1978). Britton Chance was...
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Takafumi Hamaoka

Department of Sport and Health Science
Ritsumeikan University

11 April 2011

We have collaborated with BC for muscle studies using near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) and magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) from 1990. The review article will publish in Journal of Innovative Optical Health Sciences...
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Aziza Zakhidova

2003 Graduate of the JF Summer Research Program

03 June 2011

After a full week of running cognitive protocols with the NIR imaging device, it was a special treat to sit around the table each Friday with BC and other students and sift through pages of data. As a young student, I eagerly watched BC...
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Mike Shoettle

Crewed for Complex II in 1952

29 May 2011

Brit Chance owned a house in Mantoloking, New Jersey very near the my father’s and I first knew him as the father of Elle and Brit Jr, who also raced at the Mantoloking Yacht Club. On Saturdays during the summer all the yacht clubs in our part of the Barnegat Bay...
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Robert Poole

West Riding Professor of Microbiology
The University of Sheffiled, UK

14 June 2011

When I first visited Brit’s lab in March 1973 as a ‘green’ PhD student, I had never met anybody like Britton Chance. Now, 38 years later as a University Professor who has travelled the world, I have still not encountered anybody quite like him...
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Maurice Montal

Distinguished Professor of Biological Sciences, University of California, San Diego

June 2011

Britton Chance’s life was inspirational and exemplary. Brit opened for me the gates into molecular biosciences and inspired me to proceed in this journey with discipline, intensity, imagination and passion, his own way of ...
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Irving Bigio

Department of Biomedical Engineering
Boston University

23 June 2011

Around 1992, when I was still working at Los Alamos, I had started developing the concepts of elastic scattering spectroscopy (ESS) for tissue diagnostics. Being new to the field of biomedical optics, I wanted the opinions of leaders in the field...
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David Trentham

National Institute of Medical Research
Mill Hill, London

June 2011

My earliest exposure to Brit and his science came from my entry into transient kinetics and enzymology at Bristol under the watchful eye of Freddie Gutfreund. I was soon to read the classical Chance paper that was to set the pattern for...
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E.C. (Bill) Slater

Emeritus Professor, University of Amsterdam

15 May 2011

I first met Britton Chance more thany 60 years ago in Stockholm during the International Congress on Cell Biology and at the International Congress of Physiology in Oxford that shortly followed in the summer of 1947...
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Harry Ischiropoulos

Research Professor, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

12 May 2011

The first time I entered Brit’s office, I found him using a desktop magnifying glass reading an article. My visit had to do with a question I had asked him earlier the week; did he ever recall using nitrite or nitrate as substrates for catalase...
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Wang Xingguang

Department of History
Zhengzhou University, China

11 May 2011

Dr. Chance was a good friend of Chinese people who devoted to help the education and scientific research in China in many ways. In April 1998, he donated more than 900 science books and journals he collected over the...
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David Boas

Associate Professor in Radiology
Harvard Medical School

15 May 2011

I remember well first meeting BC near the end of my first year as a Physics graduate student. I was interested in probing turbid media with diffuse light with Arjun Yodh. Arjun, who was studying colloidal systems with diffuse light, suggested that I speak with BC...
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Carol Weingarten

University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

15 May 2011

The XIV Dalai Lama of Tibet has had a life-long interest in the study of mind. He also has had a keen interest in scientific approaches to understanding the nature of mind and knowledge in general. For example, in the late 1980s he began a series of discussions with scientists and philosophers...
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Olivia Ho Cheng

CEO, Aurora Imaging Technology
Massachusetts

15 May 2011

When my son was young, I encouraged him to play the piano. I told him that “music to a soul is like water to the ground.” When watching master performers play their instruments with total concentration, you can see them completely immerse themselves..
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Ilmo Hassinen

Professor of Medical Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Oulo, Finland

15 April 2011

Conveying the legacy of Britton Chance in Northern Finland
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Sailing with Britton Chance
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Hideaki Koizumi

Hitachi Limited

14 February 2011

I was honored to have had the opportunity to meet Professor Chance and have friendly conversation at the early conferences of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (SMRM). This annual conference specializes in magnetic resonance imaging...
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Jan Paul

Professor Emeritus, Luleå University of Technology; Vice President, JANNEKFUEL Inc.

16 April 2011

Biographic information tell Britton Chance was a Guggenheim scholar at the Nobel Institute in Stockholm 1946-48. At this time my father, the late Karl-Gustav Paul, was a graduate student of Hugo Theorell’s and this was the beginning...
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David Lloyd

Professor of Microbiology
Cardiff University

20 April 2011

Brit was a colossus who knew exactly how to get the best from everyone: interaction with him was always such a delight. At my first meeting with him, arranged to occur during a 1966 conference in Cambridge, I wondered why it was that he wrote everything down...
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John M. Olson

Professor of Photosynthesis (retired)
Odense University

05 April 2011

In the fall of 1951, I arrived at the Johnson Foundation as a graduate student in biophysics. My first two years were devoted to taking courses, one of which was Plant Physiology taught by Dave Goddard. As I recall, it was Goddard who drew my attention to photosynthesis...
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Oleg Jardetsky

Professor of Molecular Pharmacology
Stanford University

03 April 2011

Already as a student in Minnesota and later fellow at Caltech in the early nineteen fifties I had heard of a famous Philadelphia biochemist, who rode a bicycle to work every morning with a slide rule across the bars and invented unheard-of machines...
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Marco Ferrari and Valentina Quaresima

Department of Health Sciences
Università di L'Aquila, Italy

01 April 2011

Marco Ferrari was acquainted with B.C. from the middle of the seventies since he met him during several Biochemistry meetings held in Italy....
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Albert S. Mildvan

Professor Emeritus of Biological Chemistry and Chemistry, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

01 February 2011

Britton Chance was a truly inspiring scientist, among the greatest. His long and vigorous career in biochemistry, biophysics, and biological instrumentation began with his now classic kinetic and spectroscopic studies...
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Maurizio Brunori

Biochemistry Department,
Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

04 February 2011

I was acquainted with B.C. from the early ‘60s since he was friend with Eraldo Antonini and had visited Rome more than once. However for me the memorable event that stands out is the two days (or better the two nights) spent watching Brit in his dark-lab at the JF while doing experiments...
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Paul Liebman

Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics University of Pennsylvania

31 May 2011

The year was 1959. Interim JF director and electron microscopist, Tom Anderson, had recently departed for Fox Chase and Brit had begun to change the JF into the place that became so famous for its extraordinary scientific inventions and diversity. The post-doc cast included Heinz Schleyer...
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Da Husan Feng

National Cheng Kung University
Tainan, Taiwan

29 January 2011

In two days, President Michael Lai and I will be completing our terms as President and Senior Executive Vice President respectively. I am sure I speak for Michael that as this would be our last comments before the new administration steps in on next Tuesday, we would have much preferred to say...
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R.J.P. Williams

14 February 2011

Brit was a highly refined innovator in experimental spectroscopy of rates of chemical change who for me provided especially two deep insights into mechanisms associated with electron transfer in biological metabolism. One of them led to the use of Marcus theory of electron tunnelling...
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