There is a wonderful tribute to Norm Pace in the Atlantic by Ed Yong. Norm Pace truly did blow the door off the microbial world.
Lots of good stuff in there about Pace and his career. See for example this:
Pace also has a reputation for being straight-talking, to the point of rudeness if he thinks someone is wrong. “He’s always been very direct and unvarnished: What you see is what you get,” says Philip Hugenholtz, a microbiologist and former postdoc of Pace’s. He has a somber side to him, too. When I last spoke to him, he spent a lot of time talking about population growth and doomsday situations—a tendency that others who know him also recall. “It was like the weather with Norm: You were never quite sure what it was going to be,” says Ruth Ley. “He would bring up these gloomy scenarios of mass extinction, and he once told me: Don’t blink because your life’s over before you know it.”
And if you want to read some of the many things I have written about Norm Pace, well, here are some links:
- Wrap up of talk by Norm Pace on “Metagenomics and the Tree of Life”
- Retroblogging seminar by Norm Pace on Invisible Diversity from 1990
- Article in @nytimes on Norm Pace’s lab’s work on microbial diversity in municipal water supplies
- Special Seminar at #UCDavis: Dr. Norman Pace on Metagenomics and the Tree of Life
- Retirement Symposium for Norman Pace–a “Normposium”
- Norman Pace visits UC Davis
- Time for a Nobel Prize for the human microbiome? I think so … what do you think?
- Just say no (to prokaryotes) – a lesson in Google Drive autocorrect
- Here’s hoping molecular classification/systematics of cultured & uncultured microbes wins #NobelPrize in medicine