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Abe Eisenstark

Van Niel arrived in Stillwater, OK as the Sigma Xi speaker, in January, 1948, without any hosting plans, and without any hotel room available. A dean took him to the gym, which doubled as an athletic dormitory, and offered Van Niel a cot. My wife and I were horrified and took him to our small apartment, and he lived with us for two days.These were two full days of his views on microbiology, an exciting experience for a young new faculty member. I still tell my students about Van Niels approach; if you want to find a particular bacterium, take a sample from its natural source, ocean, lake,soil, nodules on legume plants, etc. This is a treasured memory as fresh as it was in early 1948.

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