Sorry for not having posted in a while, I'm sure you all missed me. (psh.) I've been on vacation. Actually I'm still on vacation, but I actually thought of something to write about. It's just a weird trend I've noticed. Most normal people have kids that want to have nothing to do with the professions of their parents. Of course, when you have children whose parents are very famous, well, maybe it's just hard not to follow in your parents' footsteps. The most famous example in science is perhaps Pierre and Marie Curie, whose daughter Ir
- Nobel laureate Arthur Kornberg's son, Roger, won the Nobel in Chemistry this year;
- Bob Grubbs' son, Barney, is a chemistry professor at Dartmouth;
- Robert Scheidt's (at Notre Dame, an inorganic chemist, does work on metalloporphyrins and nitric oxide) son, Karl, is an organic prof at Northwestern;
- Steven Zimmerman, the son of the great organic chemist Howard Zimmerman, is a professor at the University of Illinois;
- One of my chemical heroes, Barry Sharpless, has a son who's a grad student in chemistry, and will hopefully not inherit his father's philosophy on seminars.