SIGNATURES IN SUPPORT OF THE PETITION (SEMNATURI DE SPRIJIN A PETITIEI)

 

Selected Prominent Signatures

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Name / Nume
Surname / Prenume
Position / Pozitia
Affiliation / Afiliere
Country / Tara
YourComment/Comentariu
1Palade
George Emil
DeanDean, Scientific Affairs Emeritus, University of California, San Diego, USA; Nobel Laureate 1974 (Physiology or Medicine)
USAI did not expect The Nobel Committee for Chemistry to select water channels as area to give prominence this year and I did not realize either how close is your work to that of Peter Agre. The idea of a petition has the merit of attracting the attention to the scientific community to the regrettable mistake of your ommission from the group of laureates this year. It is highly unlikely that the committee will reverse it's decision but none the less it is important to register your grievance. In any case I signed the petition received from you; I wish you enough courage and strenghts to carry through this battle and I remain yours sincerely, George E. Palade
2Balaban
Alexandru
Texas A&M Univ. Galveston
USA
It is not only the 2003 Medicine or Physiology Nobel Prize, but also the Chemistry Prize that left out the first of the three discoverers.
3Holmes
Ross
Wake Forest University
USAAs a co-author on Gheorghe Benga's seminal paper in Biochemistry, I fully support the campaign to give him his deserved recognition.
4Stan-Lotter
Helga
University of Salzburg
USAAs a lecturer for the wonderful UNESCO training courses, which Prof. Benga was organizing for many years, I was introduced early to his research on aquaporin. The publication record is clear - this protein was discovered in his laboratory at Cluj-Napoca, Romania.
5Montreuil
Jean
Université des Sciences et Technologies de Lille I Laboratoire de Chimie Biologique
FranceIncontestablement le mérite de la découverte des proteines de l'aquaporine revient au Professeur Gheorghe Benga qui a l'antériorité de leur découverte sur le Dr. Agre. Je condamne vivement l'arbitraire intolérable qui règne dans l'attribution des Prix Nobel. Prof.Emérite Jean Montreuil
6Taniguchi
Naoyuki
Professor and Chairman Department of Biochemistry, Osaka University Medical School/Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine
Japan
"Dear Professor Benga, I was really surprised to know that you are not awarded even though you are the first scientist who discovered aquaporin 1. It is my also great regret to hear that one of the Nobel Laureates did not cite your work which is really unfair. I do not know what kind of politics existed in these processes. I completely agree to support your excelent works in this field."
7TonyBrainKing's College LondonUKAs co-author on Gheorghe Benga's 1986 paper in the European Journal of Cell Biology I would like to add my support to the campaign for his role in the discovery to be recognised
8RichardCammackKing's College LondonUKDr Benga's pioneering work, carried out under extremely adverse circumstances, deserves wide recognition.
9RichardNaftalinKing's College LondonUKProf Benga was the first to identify the water channel. Sadly, he has obtained little recognition for this discovery outside a narrow circle as is demonstrated by the paucity of citations to his work. This is not only a blow for Old Europe but also for old biochemistry. Today a protein is only recognised as legitimate if it has a sequence and tomorrow, it will also need a 3-D structure. The recent history of Rumania shows that when history is covered up people become agitated, maybe they should agitate some more.
10JohnWrigglesworthKing's College LondonUKAs a student with Bob Macey in the late 1960's and occasional research collaborator with Gheorghe Benga in the 1980's I have been following the interesting story of water balance and transport in cells for over 30 years. As such I was very happy to see that Peter Agre was awarded the Nobel Prize last month for his outstanding work in this field. I also know that the work of Benga's group published in the mid 1980's and onwards clearly shows the identification of the glycosylated water channel protein in erythrocytes with characterisation of some of its properties and with a full appreciation of the implications for water balance. Attribution is often difficult in scientific progress but in this case the publication record speaks for itself.

 

 

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