Richard "Dick" Burgess (BS '64)

Richard "Dick" Burgess (Class of 1964, Page House)
I have spent my entire professional career in the McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research at UW-Madison.  I founded and directed the UW Biotechnology Center 1984-96.  I still work 10% even though I semi-retired in 2009.  I keep busy by serving as Vice-President for Science of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters and as Editor-in-Chief of the journal, Protein Expression and Purification.  I keep engaged by trying to write a scientific memoir about the discovery of the first transcription factor, sigma70 while a PhD student at Harvard 1964-69 and my life as a protein biochemist.  I also give public lectures on biotechnology and its growth in Wisconsin, on creativity at the interface of science and the arts, on the importance of basic biomedical research on drug discovery and tomorrow's therapeutics, on entrepreneurism, and on amateur archaeology.  My wife Ann and I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary in June, are healthy, and spend lots of time traveling to the coasts to play with our four grandchildren.  I played basketball until I was 71, but broke my leg on the court 4 years ago and have reluctantly hung up my jockstrap. []

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