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Autobiography, memoir, scientific career, biochemist, scientific investigation, nature of life, cell evolution

To Make the World Intelligible
A Scientist's Journey by Franklin M. Harold

To Make the World Intelligible: A Scientist’s Journey is both a book about a life of science and about the science of life. In it, Franklin M. Harold shares the story of his life as a German immigrant, who lived in the Middle East before coming to America and finding his place in life as a scientist. But Harold’s story does not stand in isolation. It is set against the heyday of biochemistry and molecular biology: a time when the staid science of biology was being transformed from a descriptive study of animals and plants into an intense inquiry into how living things work at the level of cells and molecules.

Harold then builds on this backdrop by sharing some of his research and that of his mentor and Nobel Prizewinner Peter Mitchell, as well as his insights and reflections on life as a phenomenon of nature. The accessible, comprehensive, and yet lyrical way that Harold accomplishes this is a testament to his belief that a scientist’s raison d’être is to make the world intelligible.

Frank Harold’s first professional foray into science was as a bottle washer in a small chemical company. From there, he advanced to junior chemist, while working at night on a Bachelor of Science. In 1955, Harold earned his PhD in Comparative Biochemistry and embarked on fifty years of research and teaching, mostly in Colorado. He has written numerous scientific articles and three books: The Vital Force: A Study of Bioenergetics; The Way of the Cell: Molecules, Organisms and the Order of Life; and In Search of Cell History: The Evolution of Life’s Building Blocks.

In addition to learning about life through science, Harold has experienced it as a father and grandfather and as a world traveller with his wife Ruth as his companion. Together, they have hiked some of the world’s highest mountains and visited ancient monuments in exotic places such as India, Iran, and Japan. Today, they live in Seattle Washington, where Harold continues his love affair with science as a scholar, writer, and philosopher without license.


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