A Lindbergh Legacy in Life Sciences

Photo: Courtesy of Yale University Library Charles Lindbergh Seventy-five years ago, Charles A. Lindbergh flew across the Atlantic in what aviators still deem the greatest solo flight of all time. Although his influence is indelibly stamped on virtually all aspects of commercial aviation, another Lindbergh legacy may be emerging in the realm of life sciences. Recently, on the anniversary of the aviator's return home to Little Falls, Minn., a group of scientists, engineers, and environmen

A. J. S. Rayl
Oct 13, 2002
Photo: Courtesy of Yale University Library
 Charles Lindbergh

Seventy-five years ago, Charles A. Lindbergh flew across the Atlantic in what aviators still deem the greatest solo flight of all time. Although his influence is indelibly stamped on virtually all aspects of commercial aviation, another Lindbergh legacy may be emerging in the realm of life sciences.

Recently, on the anniversary of the aviator's return home to Little Falls, Minn., a group of scientists, engineers, and environmental technologists gathered in the midwestern town for a conference to remember Lindbergh, share research, and honor the latest recipients of grants that bear his name. So what is the connection between the world's most famous aviator and the life sciences?

THE CONNECTION, AND CONVICTION Although lesser known, Lindbergh's contributions to biology and environmental research are as laudable as those he made to aviation. Not long after his flight, he went to work in the laboratory...