Alexander Ivanovitch Oparin and the Origin of Life: A Recollection and Appreciation
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In 1928, shortly before leaving Holland to assume a position at the Hopkins Marine Station of Stanford University, I went to pay a visit to Professor M. W. Beijerinck, whose courses at the Technological University in Delft had introduced me to the science of microbiology and kindled my fascination with that field. Following his compulsory retirement in 1921, he had moved to a home in the country, and I had not seen him since then. Now I wanted to express my deep appreciation for the great and lasting influence his teaching had had on my life.