Quotes by: Paul D. Boyer

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Paul D. Boyer
Born Paul Delos Boyer
(1918-07-31) July 31, 1918 (age 98)
Provo Utah
Nationality United States
Fields Chemistry, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology
Institutions Dept. of Chemistry, Stanford University, Research Associate 1943-45. Dept. of Biochemistry, Univ. Of Minnesota, St. Paul, Assistant Professor, 1945-46. Dept. of Biochemistry, Univ. of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Hill Professor, 1956-63. Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Professor, 1963-90. Molecular Biology Institute, UCLA, Director, 1965-83. University of California Program for Research and Training in Biotechnology, Director, 1985-89. UCLA, Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Professor Emeritus, 1990-present.
Alma mater Brigham Young University, B.S. 1939
University of Wisconsin–Madison, M.S. 1941, Ph.D. 1943
Known for Research on adenosine triphosphate; Editor of the 18-volume treatise ''The Enzymes," 1971-90.

Mountain hikes instilled in me a life-long urge to get to the top of any inviting summit or peak.
Paul D. Boyer
More by example than by word, my father taught me logical reasoning, compassion, love of others, honesty, and discipline applied with understanding.
Paul D. Boyer
In marked contrast to the University of Wisconsin, Biochemistry was hardly visible at Stanford in 1945, consisting of only two professors in the chemistry department.
Paul D. Boyer
The geographical isolation and lack of television made world happenings and problems seem remote.
Paul D. Boyer
Her death contributed to my later interest in studying biochemistry, an interest that has not been fulfilled in the sense that my accomplishments remain more at the basic than the applied level.
Paul D. Boyer
A painstaking course in qualitative and quantitative analysis by John Wing gave me an appreciation of the need for, and beauty of, accurate measurement.
Paul D. Boyer
It wasn't until late high school and early college that I gained enough size and skill to make me welcome on intramural basketball teams.
Paul D. Boyer
The war project at Stanford was essentially completed, and I accepted an offer of an Assistant Professorship at the University of Minnesota, which had a good biochemistry department.
Paul D. Boyer
I have a tendency to be lucky and make the right choices based on limited information.
Paul D. Boyer
The experience reminds me of a favorite saying: Most of the yield from research efforts comes from the coal that is mined while looking for diamonds.
Paul D. Boyer
I am told that I had a bad temper, and remember being banished to the back hall until civility returned.
Paul D. Boyer
The Brigham Young University (BYU) campus was just a few blocks from my home and tuition was minimal.
Paul D. Boyer
I participated on debating teams and in student government, and served as senior class president.
Paul D. Boyer
Concentrated serum albumin fractionated from blood plasma was effective in battlefield treatment of shock.
Paul D. Boyer
The excitement of vitamins, nutrition and metabolism permeated the environment.
Paul D. Boyer
Family trips to Yellowstone and to what are now national parks in Southern Utah, driving the primitive roads and cars of that day, were real adventures.
Paul D. Boyer
If our society continues to support basic research on how living organisms function, it is likely that my great grandchildren will be spared the agony of losing family members to most types of cancer.
Paul D. Boyer
This led to the discovery that long chain fatty acids would remarkably stabilize serum albumin to heat denaturation, and would even reverse the denaturation by heat or concentrated urea solutions.
Paul D. Boyer
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