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Science  27 Sep 1996:
Vol. 273, Issue 5283, pp. 1796
DOI: 10.1126/science.273.5283.1796


For years biofilms were considered chiefly a practical problem, the domain of engineers worried about corrosion. Then in the 1980s, one charismatic engineer, the late William Characklis of Montana State University in Bozeman, learned microbiological techniques andbridged the gap between biology and engineering. Characklis's interdisciplinary legacy continues at the biofilm center he founded at Montana State.