Back from the real world
The early morning traffic jam on June 1 allowed Jeffrey
Shiu to survey the bustle that is Shanghai. From the vantage
point of his taxi seat, Shiu, a junior in the School of Arts and
Sciences, observed old shops caught in the shadow of burgeoning
skyscrapers, double-decker buses crowded with people standing
neck to neck, groups of elderly women strolling the sidewalks
with plastic umbrellas, and hundreds of others cranking along on
bicycles. His home in Scarsdale, New York, he says, felt a
million miles away.
Shiu was not merely sightseeing, however; he
was en route to his first day of work. Understandably anxious,
the rush-hour congestion did little to calm his nerves.
Ira Remsen: The chemistry was
This is the third of an occasional series of historical pieces
that will appear in the year leading up to the 125th anniversary
of the founding of Johns Hopkins. Two previous biographical
sketches--on Henry Augustus Rowland and James Joseph
Sylvester--can be found at
Ira Remsen was born Feb. 10, 1846, in New York
City, of Dutch and Huguenot ancestry. Following education in the
public schools, he attended the College of Physicians and
Surgeons, from which he received the degree of Doctor of Medicine
in 1867. Although briefly a practicing physician, he had studied
medicine only to please his parents. After satisfying this family
obligation, Remsen left for Munich to pursue his real interest:
chemistry. He spent a year in Munich and then transferred to
Gottingen, where he studied under the prominent chemist Rudolph
Fittig and earned his doctorate in 1870. He then followed Fittig
to Tubingen, where he was an assistant for two years.
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