Britton Chance
By Pamela Gannon
Still searching for answers, after all these years.
© Chaofei Deng and Lei Chang -- The Palace Wedding Dress Photo, Wuhan, China

Biochemist, biophysicist, inventor, educator, patriot, Olympian - all these designations accurately describe Britton Chance. The University of Pennsylvania emeritus professor is a groundbreaking scientist, an avid sailor, and he's currently conducting research in both hemispheres of the globe. He is also 94 years old and has a unique perspective on the development of the Greater Philadelphia region as a center for life sciences.

Chance has lived most of his life in or near Philadelphia. He was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., in 1913 and attended Penn for college and graduate studies. At the time, scientists were attempting to discover...

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