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Oliver Smithies (1925–2017)

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Science  17 Feb 2017:
Vol. 355, Issue 6326, pp. 695
DOI: 10.1126/science.aam8635

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Oliver Smithies passed away on 10 January 2017, at the age of 91, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. On that day, the world lost a legendary scientist, and I lost a colleague, collaborator, and friend. Smithies began his career as a physical biochemist and transitioned into genetics, earning a share of a Nobel Prize for his work in 2007. His interests and talents were wide ranging. In addition to his research, he rode motorcycles as a young man, sang in professional choirs throughout his life, and piloted small planes, setting a record for duo transatlantic flight that stood for nearly 20 years.