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Biological NMR Spectroscopy$
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John L. Markley and Stanley J. Opella

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780195094688

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780195094688.001.0001

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William D. Phillips Memorial lecture

William D. Phillips Memorial lecture

(p.23) 4 William D. Phillips Memorial lecture
Biological NMR Spectroscopy

J.J.H. Ackerman

Oxford University Press

It is a privilege to be able to share with you a few moments of reflection on William Dale Phillips, a good friend of mine and of many in this audience (Presented at a plenary session of the XVth International Conference on Magnetic Resonance in Biological Systems, August 14-19, 1994, Veldhoven, the Netherlands). Bill Phillips was a pioneer in the use of magnetic resonance for determination of protein structure. Although a major portion of his scientific career was spent in industry, primarily at EI du Pont de Nemours and Co. in Wilmington, Delaware. Bill also spent time in service to academics and the federal government. He most recently served as Associate Director for Industrial Technology in the Bush Administration’s Office of Science and Technology Policy. He was 68. The cause of his death was cancer of the prostate. I first met Bill Phillips in 1979 when George Radda, in whose laboratory I was working, suggested that I contact his good friend regarding a position at Washington University. Phillips had recently moved from DuPont, where he had been Assistant Director of Research and Development, to Washington University in St. Louis where he was Charles Allen Thomas Professor and Chairman of the Department of Chemistry. Bill had been given the task of rebuilding the department. I was immediately struck by his vision and sense of commitment. This was a person who got things done. I was hooked. In many ways Bill’s move to St. Louis was a return home to his beloved Midwest. He was born in Kansas, City, Missouri and grew up there graduating from high school at the age of 17 in 1943. During the war he served in the U.S. Navy V-12 program achieving the rank of Lt. (jg). After the war he returned to the Midwest and in 1948 he received a B.A. in chemistry from the University of Kansas. Following his undergraduate education, Bill left the Midwest again, this time for a long sojourn to the east coast. First stop was MIT where he studied physical chemistry (focusing on the vibrational spectroscopy of organic molecules). He received his Ph.D. in 1951. It was at MIT that Bill met Esther Parker, a Wellesley College student, better known to her friends as “Cherry”. Married in 1951, Cherry was a loving partner assisting Bill in his many adventures.

Keywords:   CAT, ICMRBS, lysozyme, paramagnetic ions

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