[3dem] Jean-Pierre Bretaudiere
joachim at wadsworth.org
Mon Feb 25 11:31:19 PST 2008
I have sad news. I just learned that yesterday Jean-Pierre
Bretaudiere died of heart failure. He was 62 years old, and was
living on Madagaskar with his wife, a native of the island. He is
survived by his son from his first marriage, who lives in Paris.
Jean-Pierre, or JP, is intimately associated with the introduction of
multivariate statistical analysis into EM. Originally trained in
laboratory medicine, and working as a research scientist at the
Wadsworth Center, he switched careers when he realized the power of
MSA in cryo-EM of macromolecules. He was on the faculty of UT
Medical School in Houston for several years before he decided to
return to France, where he started a lucrative mail-order PC
computer company, which he since sold.
JP, forever in my memory as larger-than-life, speaking Texan with
French accent, opiniated, swearing his way through the day, but a
great and loyal guy to have as a friend. Those who have known him
will miss him.
Joachim Frank, Ph.D.
Howard Hughes Medical Institute, HRI,
Wadsworth Center, Empire State Plaza,
Albany, New York 12201-0509 fax: 518 486-2191
phone: 518 474-7002 (Tornubari Barinee, Admin. Assistant) or 474 2810
Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics,
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and
Department of Biological Sciences,
New York (move pending)
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