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Roger Tsien, who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2008, died on August 24. He was 64. Roger Tsien won the top award in the 1968 Westinghouse Science Talent Search.
He was recognized with the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his discovery and development of the green fluorescent protein with two other chemists — Martin Chalfie and Osamu Shimomura. They turned the green fluorescent protein found in jellyfish into a research tool.
"I remember being envious of my fellow finalists, who were much more adult and sophisticated," Tsien wrote in his bio for the 1968 Westinghouse STS. "Also their projects and exhibits seemed much more exciting and explainable than mine. I felt intimidated by the senior judge, Glenn Seaborg, partly because of his commanding height, partly because he was chairman of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, partly because of his 1951 Nobel Prize for work in inorganic chemistry."
In 2010, Roger Tsien shared advice with Intel STS finalists at the annual Alumni Dinner.
"Dr. Tsien was greatly revered among our Science Talent Search alumni. Many of our younger alumni looked up to him as the consummate role model. We will miss him,” said Maya Ajmera, President & CEO of the Society for Science & the Public and a 1985 Science Talent Search alumna.
The San Diego Union-Tribune wrote an incredible story about Roger's research and contributions to science. You can read the article here.
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