Alec Bangham, the researcher who in 1961 discovered liposomes -- tiny close-membraned vesicles -- died last month at the age of 88.
A liposome
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Dennis Barten
Trained as a clinical pathologist, Bangham eventually switched paths to lead a 60-plus-year research career, during which time he became known as the father of liposomes, which have since been used to deliver drugs for cancer and other diseases. "[Alec] would have an idea, and he would not think about whether this idea would increase his reputation or stature," said Dave Deamer, a biophysicist at the University of California Santa Cruz, who spent a six month sabbatical in Bangham's lab in 1975. "What Alec was interested in was the idea itself -- testing the idea and taking great pleasure in the pure science of research." Bangham first saw liposomes (published in linkurl:1964; and linkurl:1965); when he and his colleague R.W. Horne...
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