December 1, 2008 (Vol. 28, No. 21)

URL:
http://www.nasonline.org/site/PageServer?pagename=MEMOIRS_A

Rating:
Strong Points: Excellent articles
Weak Points: Geeky

Summary:
Here’s a group I’d both like to be a member of and at the same time, I’d pass on joining if the opportunity were given to me. I’m schizophrenic that way. Perhaps it would be safe to say I wouldn’t welcome admittance anytime soon, but I’d still like to be “qualified” for it. I’m speaking, of course, about the Biographical Memoirs of deceased members of the National Academy of Sciences. OK, yeah, this is something for the geekiest of the geeks—science nerds who appreciate history or vice versa. Either way, this is a Win-Win Website for anyone with fondness for these subjects. I learned a lot looking through the site. For example, when I couldn’t find Carl Sagan’s obituary, I did a bit of research and discovered he had been turned down (!) for membership in this prestigious organization. There are other gems to be found, as well as a great collection of some of the most fascinating biographies of scientists you’ll find anywhere.