PerspectiveRetrospective

Stanley Falkow (1934–2018)

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Science  08 Jun 2018:
Vol. 360, Issue 6393, pp. 1077
DOI: 10.1126/science.aau2284

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A self-described “terrible student,” Stanley Falkow loved to read, though not what his teachers assigned. In the library at age 11, he discovered the book Microbe Hunters and was captivated by tales of tiny disease-causing critters and the pursuit to uncover their secrets. That experience ignited a lifelong passion that fueled an extraordinary career. He died on 5 May at his home in Portola Valley, California. Outside Stanley's former lab at Stanford University, we hear his voice and see his smile in our minds. We remember a visionary scientist and a devoted mentor.