Joachim Frank: Nobel Prize Winning Scientist… and Artist, Too


WHO: Joachim Frank
WHAT: 4:15pm Tuesday (March 6): A conversation about a life in the arts and sciences @ UAlbany Life Sciences Research Building’s D’Ambra Auditorium, Albany
WHAT: 7:30pm Tuesday (March 6) A presentation and Q&A @ New York State Museum’s Huxley Theater, Albany

In October, Joachim Frank was named as a 2017 Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry. Currently on faculty at Columbia University, Frank lived and worked in Greater Nippertown for more than three decades as a long-time UAlbany faculty member in the Department of Biomedical Sciences and founder of the field of single-particle cryo-electron microscopy.

But Frank is much more than an award-winning scientist. He is also an artist, poet, fiction writer and photographer. In the ’70s, he was a founding member of Albany’s “post avant garde” artist collective Workspace, which hosted numerous art exhibitions and performances, in addition to publishing Prop magazine. Below is one of Frank’s contributions to the second issue of Prop, published in July of 1979.

Presented by the New York State Writers Institute, Frank’s talks on Tuesday will include a discussion of the relationship between creativity in the arts and the sciences, among other things.

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