Leading from the front

Ireland“When Frank Gannon was considering whether to go forward for the post as director general of Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), one factor concentrated the mind. Could he turn his back on the laboratory? It was no small consideration. Frank Gannon is a scientist to his fingertips. He is a scientist’s scientist: creative, enthusiastic and a motivator of scientific talent in the lab. Gannon knew the time was right in 2007 for him and his family to make the jump back to Ireland from his German base in Heidelberg, where he was senior scientist at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL). But could he walk out of the lab and into an administrative post back at home? …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 21 April]

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