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No Ordinary Mike

Michael Smith, Nobel Laureate

by Eric Damer & Caroline Astell

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published: May 2004
ISBN:9781553800149
publisher: Ronsdale Press
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Michael Smith burst into public view in 1993 as the co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his discovery of site-directed mutagenesis, the process by which genes can be changed under laboratory conditions for medical and research purposes. Smith became a local hero not only because of the honour and prestige represented by the award but also because he donated his time, energy, and prize money to charitable causes.

Smith's down-to-earth modesty, wit, and ready acknowledgmentof support from scientific colleagues and the people of British Columbia and Canada won him admirers inside the academy and out. But Smith's award came only after a long and devoted career. No Ordinary Mike examines how the son of a poor English market gardener took advantage of school reforms to learn the skills necessary for a career in science.

The biography notes his fortuitous arrival in Vancouver and the circumstances that led him to make the city his life-long home. As a professor at theUniversity of British Columbia, Smith dedicated his considerable talent and energy to research in biochemistry and molecular biology, and later launched the university's internationally regarded Biotechnology Laboratory.

After his 1993 Nobel Prize, Smith became a powerful advocate of science who influenced national policy and helped to establish Canada's pre-eminent Genome Sequencing Centre. Eric Damer and Caroline Astell present not only the career and science of a great Canadian scientist, but also the politics and personalities of university life.

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Eric Damer is an historian with a particular interest in the ways in which university research and education influence the community. The author of Discovery by Design (Ronsdale, 2002), he makes his home in Vancouver, BC.

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Eric Damer is an historian with a particular interest in the ways in which university research and education influence the community. The author of Discovery by Design (Ronsdale, 2002), he makes his home in Vancouver, BC.

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Eric Damer is a lifelong British Columbian born in Victoria, raised in Kamloops, and currently residing in Burnaby. After studying philosophy at the University of Victoria, he became interested in the educational forces that had shaped his own life. He completed masters and doctoral degrees in educational studies at the University of British Columbia with a particular interest in the history of adult and higher education in the province.

Discovery by Design and No Ordinary Mike complement his earlier work on the history of UBC and contributes to a better understanding of how the university has helped to shape — and has been shaped by — life in the pacific province.

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No Ordinary Mike: Michael Smith, Nobel Laureate

This biography of Michael Smith, the University of British Columbia professor who received the 1993 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, begins with Smith’s education in the UK during World War II and his recruitment to UBC in 1956. It traces Smith’s research career in biochemistry and molecular biology, in establishing the UBC Biotechnology Laboratory, and helping launch Canada’s Genome Sequencing Centre, up to his untimely death in 2000. In addition to revealing the personality and characteristics of a great scientific intelligence, this biography also illustrates the interplay of university politics and demonstrates the import of public and private scientific funding to research.

Eric Damer is the author of Discovery by Design. Caroline Astell was a research colleague of Michael Smith.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. BC Books for BC Schools. 2006-2007.

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