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Biographical Memoirs: Volume 62 (1993)

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Suggested Citation:"NOTE." National Academy of Sciences. 1993. Biographical Memoirs: Volume 62. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/2201.
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RICHARD BROOKE ROBERTS 342 complete. We are especially pleased to note the contributions being made by 22 Fellows who received a part of their training with us." During graduate school, Dick married Adeline Furness (November 1935), and their children, Dick junior and Julie, were born during the early days at DTM. After a divorce, Dick married Irena Zuzanna Eiger (December 1948) and they had a son, Tommie. After Irena died, Dick married Josephine Taggart Rice (January 1967). I have known all of Dick's children, and though they did not always agree with their father and have not gone into science, they are excellent human beings and reflect credit on Dick. On Saturday, April 4, 1980, Dick was playing golf, his lifetime favorite game, and collapsed of a heart attack, dying as he might have preferred. NOTE 1.The document is called "Autobiography of Richard Brooke Roberts," written from 1977 to 1979. It has sections called "Genetics" (describing his family), "Chronology," etc., and I will quote freely from it, referring to it as "AB." It is typed by Dick's own hand, mostly on paper headed ''Quarterly Review of Biophysics." I have asked the Academy to include the whole in their files because it creates a sense of presence in many circumstances that I will not be able to quote. There is a freedom of style to it that reflects his sense of fun and is responsible for some of the looseness in this memoir. It is not a balanced autobiography (35 pages) but is the sort of thing historians may value for certain gems.

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Biographic Memoirs: Volume 62 contains the biographies of deceased members of the National Academy of Sciences and bibliographies of their published works. Each biographical essay was written by a member of the Academy familiar with the professional career of the deceased. For historical and bibliographical purposes, these volumes are worth returning to time and again.

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