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George Palade dies

The cell biologist discovered the ribosome and other cell components, earning him a Nobel, a Lasker, and a National Medal of Science

Andrea Gawrylewski
George Palade, one of the founders of cell biology who first visualized key cellular structures such as mitochondria and ribosomes, died yesterday (October 7) at the age of 95. "George Palade was a real giant of the biological sciences in the last century," Gunter Blobel, a former postdoc in Palade's laboratory who also won a Nobel for his discovery of protein targeting, told The Scientist. Palade was born in 1912, in Moldavia, Romania. His father, a professor of philosophy, hoped that Palade would follow in his footsteps, but Palade was more interested in what he called "tangibles." He went to medical school and, despite a strong interest in microscopy, completed his training as a medical doctor. He graduated from medical school in 1940, did a short stint as a practicing internist (and served as a medic for the Romanian Army during World War II), then shifted his focus...

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