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Brian Clark, pioneer of structural biology and tRNA discovery

Brian Clark, pioneer of structural biology and tRNA discovery.

The Federation is sorry to report the death of our Vice-President Professor Brian Frederic Carl Clark, who died in Aarhus on Monday 6th October 2014, at the age of 78.

Biotechnology has lost one of its founders and most brilliant scientists. Brian, together with Kjeld Marcker, demonstrated in 1966 that protein synthesis in Escherichia coli is initiated with a N−formylmethionine: the initiator codon had been discovered. Just few years later, Brian was the first author of the paper describing the crystallisation and the first structural determination of tRNA, thus opening an era in structural and molecular biology.

Brian has been an inspiring mentor for many scientists, a good friend for many of us, and an extremely active contributor in our field until his last days: just this year he was responsible for major anniversary symposia in Cambridge and New York.

As Vice−President of our Federation, he was a strong advocate of biotechnology and international cooperation, and especially provided young researchers with strong support, encouragement and example.


In honour of his memory,

The Executive Board


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