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Obituary Bruce D. Sidell (20 March 1948–8 February 2011) - Elsevier Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, Part A

July 28, 2011


The discipline of comparative and evolutionary physiology suffered

the loss of one of its most creative scholars earlier this year, with the alltoo-

young passing of Bruce Sidell. As all who knew Bruce – either

personally or fromreading his many excellent publications – realize, his

science exemplified the “curiosity-driven” approach to investigation

that commonly leads to the most novel and fascinating of discoveries.

Bruce marched to his own drummer, and the pathway he followed

throughout his careerwas intellectually, technically, and geographically

wide-ranging and adventurous. He spotted questions that others in his

field had missed, and taught usmany lessons about “howanimalswork”

that we otherwise might not have learned. Bruce's approach to science

also taught us much about the importance of collegiality, candour, and

collaboration in advancing the scientific enterprise. Bruce's personal

model not only helped to shape the career approaches of his many

graduate students, but also served as an exemplar to his peers and

colleagues of howbest to pursue a life in science. In preparing this short

Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, Part A xxx (2011) xxx–xxx

CBA-09203; No of Pages 3

ScienceDirect Contents lists available at

Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, Part A

journal homepage:

Please cite this article as: Driedzic, W.R., et al., Bruce D. Sidell (20 March 1948–8 February 2011), Comp. Biochem. Physiol., A (2011),

doi: 10.1016/j.cbpa.2011.06.025

doi: 10.1016/j.cbpa.2011.06.025

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