Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Pelger-Huët, pince-nez and the Top 5 pince-nez chemists

I was reading some bio-stuff and encountered a story about the Pelger-Huët anomaly; a congenital disorder in which granulocyte nuclei fail to segment normally. In heterozygotes most granulocytes have bilobed nuclei.This is often called a pince-nez cell.
You don't see them a lot nowadays those pince-nez things. The last I've seen was a sun-pince-nez.
A pince-nez (meaning 'pinch-nose') is very nice equipment for a chemist. Sure a beard, moustache, good pose, lousy way of dying, statue and a lousy grave are great, but a pince-nez is something that can make you quite distinguished and it's for women too.

So, now it's time for the:

Top 5 pince-nez chemists


1) Emil Fischer
The man always looked the same. It is said that he was born with a beard and a pince-nez.

2) Walther Nernst
3) Fritz Haber

He lost his hair but gained confidence and stopped using a pince-nez safety line.


4) Henri Louis Le Chatelier
5) Moses Gomberg

Decided to wear a pince-nez although his big ears were perfectly suited to place temples over.

5 comments:

Ashutosh said...

Fritz Haber
never sober
conquered ammonia in a gaseous haze
decided to sport a pince-nez

synthetic environment said...

Great!

Now a limerick

Fritz Haber just wanted to say:
‘My career is well under way,
No beard and no hair,
So have to wear,
A beautiful C-bridged pince-nez.’

David Eaton said...

I love these collections of chemists. Chem-pimps should be its own category. Wohler and that fur lined jacket could lead the list.

Anonymous said...

While working with Baeyer in Munich, E. Fischer wore no glasses. At least he took them off for one group photo taken in 1877 :)

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