It is a special pleasure for me, and a distinct honor, to introduce the 2010 MSA awardee, Benjamin Gilbert.

Liking science from early youth, Ben started his physics studies at Cambridge University, ultimately selecting a project that connected biology with physics as much as possible: the interaction of proteins with surfaces. This was to be, a portentious decision. Upon graduating he found less than enthusiastic interest from possible physics graduate schools in the U.K., a mutual consideration as traditional condensed matter physics did not appeal to him. But serendipity intervened, as the scientist now known as Pupa Gilbert, working in...

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