Richard A Lockshin, born in Ohio, cannot recall a time when he did not want to be a biologist. That worked out, as he received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Harvard. He taught at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and later at St. John's University in New York, and is currently Professor Emeritus at St. John's. As a research scientist he is known for his studies of programmed cell death or apoptosis, now a major research topic, a field of which he is considered to be a founder. He has well over one hundred research publications, including several technical books in the field. He resides with his wife on Long Island, New York.
A senior and well-published scientist describes, through anecdotes, parables, and stories how scientists design and evaluate experiments, using as examples analysis of the origin of AIDS and the rise of the field in which he participates, termed apoptosis or programmed cell death. Also through anecdotes and personal recollections he describes describes the origins of molecular biology.
A senior and well-published scientist describes, through anecdotes, parables, and stories how scientists conceive, ask, and answer questions, and how what they do develops from the culture of their time. Part 1 describes the origins of modern biological science. Part 2 describes the origins of molecular biology and the "cool tricks" that created the miraculous capabilities that we have today.