Sachi Shimomura and John Brinegar, along with Sachi’s father, Osamu Shimomura, have collaborated to write a narrative of Osamu Shimomura’s unexpected path to the Nobel Prize in an aptly titled book, Luminous Pursuit: Jellyfish, GFP, and the Unforeseen Path to the Nobel Prize (World Scientific 2017).
The book narrates the life and scientific career of Nobel Laureate Osamu Shimomura and his work with jellyfish bioluminescence, specifically his discovery of aequorin and Green Fluorescent Protein (GFP). But the book goes much further than that; it includes Dr. Shimomura’s early memories of Manchuria and wartime Japan, featuring an eyewitness account of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, and details his travels to collect and research more than fifteen bioluminescent species in locations ranging from Japan to San Juan Island, Bermuda, New Zealand, and Norway.
The book provides an engaging account of the life of a dedicated scientist, emphasizing the value of determination in the pursuit of pure scientific knowledge and showing how a general understanding of science helped him open up new areas of research that have led to unforeseen applications in cell biology and medicine. See article in July 26th edition of VCU News for more information.
Congratulations and well done, Sachi and John!