November 22, 2007

Thanks Giving: Arthur Nobile

Arthur Nobile, you worked mostly alone in your endeavors, and you had to fight hard to challenge the conventional wisdom of the day to get your innovative ideas heard. Through your efforts, the world eventually realized the value of using molecular biology to improve the efficacy of natural drug compounds.

When you succeeded in using bacteria to oxidize cortisone, you invented a drug that was dramatically more effective than the natural cortisones in use at the time, with fewer dangerous side effects. You had created the drugs we know today as prednisone and prednisolone.

You employed knowledge, creativity and hard work. You did what wishing alone could not, what invisible forces would not and what empty words do not. you did what a human being can. Because of that, you have provided doctors with the means to save many lives and reduce human suffering.

You don’t even have a page on Wikipeda. But you were an inductee into the New Jersey Inventor’s Hall of Fame a few years before you died in 2004.

You created a solution so that other dedicated and caring people could save my child’s life. I thank you.

Additionally, I would like to thank my good friends and family — you know who you are. You’re always there to help me. You’re there with an encouraging word or something special that seems small but makes an indescribable difference. And while I try to thank you when appropriate, the accumulated effect you have is overwhelming. You make me laugh, and make me feel that life is worthwhile. Among this group, I want to especially thank my wife and children who know and understand me best. Thanks for the straight shooting and the curveballs.

Thanks to all of you who lurk on this blog, or comment on this blog. Thanks for your contributions, all of which I appreciate. Thanks for giving me a reason to continue.

And Happy Thanksgiving.

Posted by James at November 22, 2007 12:07 AM
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I'm a lurker. I'm just not very subtle about it.

Posted by: Julie at November 22, 2007 1:43 AM

Prednisolone has help keep Astro, my cat, alive four months past when the vet thought he would. I'm thankful I've still got him for one more Thanksgiving (and, God willing, Christmas). :)

Oh, and yeah, thanks for the blog too, JP. ;)

Happy Thanksgiving!


Posted by: mjfrombuffalo at November 22, 2007 7:52 AM

Happy Thanksgiving Uncle James, to you and yours. Eat a turkey and sleep well.

Posted by: Chuck S. at November 22, 2007 10:31 AM

Happy Turkey to you as well. I'm thankful you keep at it and I'm thankful we are still friends even across the miles.

Posted by: briwei at November 26, 2007 3:18 PM

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