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Norman Wingate Pirie
(1 Jul 1907 - 29 Mar 1997)

British biochemist and virologist who (with Frederick Bawden) showed that viruses contain the genetic material, RNA. He also developed a technique for bulk pulping vegetation to extract a protein concentrate that he advocated as a human food since forage crops yield more protein than conventional food crops.


Science Quotes by Norman Wingate Pirie (2 quotes)

Advocacy of leaf protein as a human food is based on the undisputed fact that forage crops (such as lucerne) give a greater yield of protein than other types of crops. Even with connventional food crops there is more protein in the leafy parts than in the seeds or tubs that are usually harvested.
— Norman Wingate Pirie
Quoted in 'India Children to Eat Leaf Protein in a Diet Test', New York Times (16 Dec 1973), 46.
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My teacher, Hopkins, often commented on the craving for certainty that led so many physicists into mysticism or into the Church and similar organisations ... Faith seems to be an occupational hazard for physicists.
— Norman Wingate Pirie
Penguin New Biology (1954), 16, 44
Science quotes on:  |  Faith (72)  |  Occupation (27)  |  Physicist (70)


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