RIP Carl Woese: Collecting posts / notes / other information about my main science hero here

My tribute to Carl Woese 12/30/12

Sadly, Carl Woese has passed away.  I am collecting some links and posts about him here in his memory.  He was without a doubt the person who most influenced my career as a scientist.

News stories about Woese’s passing

Some of my posts about Woese

Woese Tree of Life pumpkin (by J. Eisen)

Storification of Tweets and other posts about his passing //[View the story “RIP Carl Woese” on Storify]

Other posts worth reading about Woese’s passing

Some videos with Woese 


My graduate student Russell Neches used a laser to etch a picture of Carl Woese on a piece of toast.

About Jonathan Eisen

I am an evolutionary biologist and a Professor at U. C. Davis. (see my lab site here). My research focuses on the origin of novelty (how new processes and functions originate). To study this I focus on sequencing and analyzing genomes of organisms, especially microbes and using phylogenomic analysis
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4 Responses to RIP Carl Woese: Collecting posts / notes / other information about my main science hero here

  1. Hmm. The toast thing was fun. You should send PZ Myers some Woesian toast. Anyway, 3D printers could be used to make “action figures” of famous scientists?

    More seriously, thank you for collecting all of these resources. I am hopeful that Norm Pace and others will put together a video—suitable for students—outlining the work of Woese.


  2. Karl Fogel says:

    Thank you for putting together this beautiful page. Another memorial (although of course there are many, probably more than can be catalogued, let alone read by any one person): .

    What a huge loss :-(.


  3. Christine says:

    I worked in Carl's lab from 1977 to 1983. Heady times! I think that I was the last technician who did RNA fingerprinting. Thank you for this wonderful tribute!

    Christine Hahn Cahill


  4. The Memorial Service for Carl R. Woese will be taking place on January 26, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. (CST).

    For those that are unable to attend in person, the memorial will be streamed live and available for viewing at


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