NETWATCH: Posthumous Peer Review

Science  05 Oct 2007:
Vol. 318, Issue 5847, pp. 25b
DOI: 10.1126/science.318.5847.25b

Remembrances of deceased members written since 1995 have been available at the U.S. National Academy of Sciences Biographical Memoirs Web site. Now the site is adding more than 900 accounts dating back to 1877. They aren't your typical sketchy Web bios but are hefty appreciations of the subject's work and life, typically written shortly after the person's death by colleagues or friends.

The former chief engineer at AT&T offers his take on Alexander Graham Bell, for example, and physics heavyweight Hans Bethe recalls J. Robert Oppenheimer, who headed the Manhattan Project.

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