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John Bennett Fenn (1917–2010)

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Science  14 Jan 2011:
Vol. 331, Issue 6014, pp. 160
DOI: 10.1126/science.1201766

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John Fenn was first and foremost genuine and earnest and willing to discuss science and life passionately with anyone. He was a true visionary who understood education, human nature, science, love, and compassion. He died on 10 December at the age of 93. Those who had the privilege of knowing John Fenn are, without question, better for it. The Nobel Prize in Chemistry did not define John Fenn, nor did it change him; he was the same man before and after, always showing a strong sense of humility. He was a one-of-a-kind individual, whose qualities as a person and impact on science are irreplaceable. He had all of this, plus a marvelous sense of humor and a love and great respect for the written word.