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    "Conversations with Harold Hudson Channer"

              Upcoming Cable Television/Web Show: 

        For details of airing see bottom of page

              Guest For  Thursday September 18, 2008

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                                                         GUEST:

                          ROBERT SHAPIRO Ph.D

      

 

                  Professor of Chemistry / DNA

 

 

                    Senior Research Scientist in the

       Department of Chemistry at New York University

 

 

                                           Author:

 

                      

                   “Origins, a Skeptic’s Guide to the

                            Creation of Life on Earth”

 

                                                 &

 

Dr. Shapiro has recently (June 2007) published a major article in "Scientific American" titled:

"A Simpler Origin of Life" 

 

 

The Paper brings us more up to date on his & his colleagues research in the field since the publication of    "Origins"

A well formatted version can be accessed by clicking on the attachment to the E-mail notice link to this page.

                                            H.H.C.

 

                                  www.robertshapiro.org

 

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The program can be viewed in its entirety by clicking the you tube link below:

  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1xDzLTroIo - ROBERT SHAPIRO Ph.D

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More about: ROBERT SHAPIRO Ph.D

Robert Shapiro is Professor Emeritus and Senior Research Scientist in the Department of Chemistry at New York University. He is author or co-author of over 125 publications, primarily in the area of DNA chemistry, and in the origin of life. In particular, he and his co-workers have studied the ways in which environmental chemicals can damage our hereditary material, causing changes that can lead to mutations and cancer. His research has been supported by numerous grants from the National Institutes of Health, Department of Energy, National Science Foundation and other organizations. Further details can be found at the following website: http://chemistry.fas.nyu.edu/object/robertshapiro.html Professor Shapiro was born on November 28, 1935 in New York City and obtained a BS in chemistry, summa cum laude (1956) from the City College of New York He received a PhD degree in organic chemistry from Harvard, under the supervision of Nobel Laureate R.B. Woodward (1959), postdoctoral training in DNA chemistry at Cambridge with Nobel Laureate Lord Todd (1959-1960). After an additional year of postdoctoral study at the NYU Medical School, he joined the NYU Chemistry Department in 1961. He has held a Career Development Award from the National Institutes of Health and has been awarded (with physicist Paul Davies) the Trotter Prize in Complexity, Information and Inference for 2004. In addition to his research, Professor Shapiro has written four books and several magazine articles for the general public. The books include: 1. "Life Beyond Earth", co-author with Gerald Feinberg, (Morrow 1980). This book advanced a very positive view about the possibilities for life elsewhere in the Universe. For example, it discussed the possibility of life in underground niches on Mars, in oceans beneath the frozen surfaces of the satellites of Jupiter, and in various environments within Titan, a satellite of Saturn. Today, these sites rank at the top of NASA's agenda, in searching for life within our Solar System. In addition, it described a number of exotic possibilities for life based on substances other than carbon or water. Timothy Ferris, commented in a front-page review in the New York Times Book Review: "Informative and authoritative yet venturesome and readable, 'Life Beyond Earth' is one of the best books on Earth about life elsewhere." The New Yorker observed: "For people who like to rerad about solid scientific speculation, this is an exhilarating, informative, and ultimately liberating book." 2. "Origins, a Skeptic's Guide to the Creation of Life on Earth", (Simon & Schuster, 1986). This work is described elsewhere in this web site. 3. "The Human Blueprint", (St. Martin's Press, 1991). This work described the current and future course of the Human Genome Project. It anticipated the use of DNA testing to resolve the Thomas Jefferson-Sally Hemings paternity question, and the Anastasia controversy, as well as the use of DNA analysis to track the historical movement of human populations. It was an alternate Book-of-the Month Club Selection for Sept. 1991, and in German translation, this book was selected by the jury "Bild am Wissenschaft" as the "Wissenschaftbuch des Jahres" (Science Book of the Year). 4. "Planetary Dreams", (Wiley, 1999). This work is described elsewhere in this web site. Professor Shapiro has commented: "obviously, I have developed a taste for very large scientific topics". When he is not involved in research, lecturing or writing, he enjoys running, hiking, wine-tastings, raquetball, and travel. He and his wife Sandra, a clinical psychologist practicing in New York, were married in 1964. Their son, Michael, born in 1971, composes music for films (http://mikemusic.com).

 

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Robert Shapiro is Professor Emeritus and Senior Research Scientist in the Department of Chemistry at New York University. He is author or co-author of over 125 publications, primarily in the area of DNA chemistry, and in the origin of life. In particular, he and his co-workers have studied the ways in which environmental chemicals can damage our hereditary material, causing changes that can lead to mutations and cancer. His research has been supported by numerous grants from the National Institutes of Health, Department of Energy, National Science Foundation and other organizations. Further details can be found at the following website:

http://chemistry.fas.nyu.edu/object/robertshapiro.html


Professor Shapiro was born on November 28, 1935 in New York City and obtained a BS in chemistry, summa cum laude (1956) from the City College of New York He received a PhD degree in organic chemistry from Harvard, under the supervision of Nobel Laureate R.B. Woodward (1959), postdoctoral training in DNA chemistry at Cambridge with Nobel Laureate Lord Todd (1959-1960). After an additional year of postdoctoral study at the NYU Medical School, he joined the NYU Chemistry Department in 1961. He has held a Career Development Award from the National Institutes of Health and has been awarded (with physicist Paul Davies) the Trotter Prize in Complexity, Information and Inference for 2004.

In addition to his research, Professor Shapiro has written four books and several magazine articles for the general public. The books include:
    1. “Life Beyond Earth”, co-author with Gerald Feinberg, (Morrow 1980). This book advanced a very positive view about the possibilities for life elsewhere in the Universe. For example, it discussed the possibility of life in underground niches on Mars, in oceans beneath the frozen surfaces of the satellites of Jupiter, and in various environments within Titan, a satellite of Saturn. Today, these sites rank at the top of NASA’s agenda, in searching for life within our Solar System. In addition, it described a number of exotic possibilities for life based on substances other than carbon or water.

    Timothy Ferris, commented in a front-page review in the New York Times Book Review: “Informative and authoritative yet venturesome and readable, ‘Life Beyond Earth’ is one of the best books on Earth about life elsewhere.” The New Yorker observed: “For people who like to rerad about solid scientific speculation, this is an exhilarating, informative, and ultimately liberating book.”

    2. “Origins, a Skeptic’s Guide to the Creation of Life on Earth”, (Simon & Schuster, 1986). This work is described elsewhere in this web site.

    3. “The Human Blueprint”, (St. Martin’s Press, 1991). This work described the current and future course of the Human Genome Project. It anticipated the use of DNA testing to resolve the Thomas Jefferson-Sally Hemings paternity question, and the Anastasia controversy, as well as the use of DNA analysis to track the historical movement of human populations. It was an alternate Book-of-the Month Club Selection for Sept. 1991, and in German translation, this book was selected by the jury “Bild am Wissenschaft” as the “Wissenschaftbuch des Jahres” (Science Book of the Year).

    4. “Planetary Dreams”, (Wiley, 1999). This work is described elsewhere in this web site.


Professor Shapiro has commented: “obviously, I have developed a taste for very large scientific topics”.
When he is not involved in research, lecturing or writing, he enjoys running, hiking, wine-tastings, raquetball, and travel. He and his wife Sandra, a clinical psychologist practicing in New York, were married in 1964. Their son, Michael, born in 1971, composes music for films
(http://mikemusic.com).

 
 

 

Selected Works and Projects

1. Non-Fiction
Origins, a Skeptic’s Guide to the Creation of Life on Earth
“Vivid…compelling…penetrating…this book should come as a revelation,”
 
-The New York Times Book Review
2. Non-Fiction

Planetary Dreams

“The stunning insights provided in Planetary Dreams make it a book for everyone who has the slightest curiosity about our role in the cosmos.”
-Hugh Downs, ABC News 20/20
3. Article
An Alliance to Rescue Civilization
A bold proposal to safeguard our civilization through the construction of a lunar sanctuary.

 
 

Created by The Authors Guild

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Origins, a Skeptic’s Guide to the Creation of Life on Earth

Reviews:

“Professor Shapiro, of New York University, is a chemist, and to judge from this splendid book, a natural writer. He shifts through the various hypotheses about the origin of life and demonstrates that most are scientifically implausible or are simply forms of creation myth, sometimes in the guise of science.”
 
-The New Yorker


“Here is a first-rate scientific mind enlivened by wit and wisdom throwing a brilliant light upon the perennially interesting question of the origin of life; and performing this seemingly difficult task in a most delightfully readable manner. ORIGINS is certainly the most original and right-headed book ever written on the subject, at once illuminating, highly informative, and vastly entertaining, and while likely to cause some bats in academic belfries to blush, the reader will find it an exhilarating experience.”
 
-Dr. Ashley Montague

“Superbly written…To walk through its arguments is to come upon the process of science, the veil of self-deception, and the questing nature of speculation.”
 
-Science ‘86

Excerpt:

“’There are those who believe that life here began out there.’ A phrase of this type was repeated at the start of each episode of a recent space-opera series. As it was spoken, the screen showed a fleet of spacecraft headed for the planet Earth, in a massive galactic Exodus. The scope of these events, and the backdrop of star-studded space, sent a clear message. Our presence on this planet was not merely the result of some local accident but rather had cosmic importance, affecting the entire galaxy.

The heavens on a bright night are a magnificent sight. I find it impossible to look up at them and not be overwhelmed by their majesty. I was spared this experience for much of my childhood, as I grew up under the hazy, glare-filled skies of New York City. Only occasionally, when my family was on vacation in the Catskills and I was allowed to stay up unusually late on a summer evening, could I enjoy the full experience. More often, I saw it in simulation, under the artificial sky of the Hayden Planetarium. Whatever the circumstances, once I had seen the effect, I could understand the emotions of those who wished to move our origins out into the cosmos. They were similar to those of a chambermaid in a fairy tale, who secretly hoped that she had been born a princess and that someday her true identity would be revealed.”

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