"If our scientific net worths ever amount to half that of Bruce Grant, or others who have similarly inspired such a great many future scientists, we can retire knowing we have had truly successful careers." - Mohamed Noor and Norman Johnson, W&M Alumni
The Darwin-Wallace Silver Medal awarded to two William and Mary Biology Department reflects tremendously well on William and Mary Biology Professor Emeritus Dr. Bruce Grant. As Duke University noted in its Genetic Life publication (Issue 31, page 9), what a difference a mentor makes! Bruce Grant worked with Mohomed Noor and Allen Orr in their critical first years of higher education. As a recognized leader in the field evolutionary genetics, Dr. Grant brought the love of research into the world of biology undergraduates, and helped nurture undergraduates to be leaders in the scientific community.
In a 2005 Genetics article, A Kingpin of Academic Inclusive Fitness: The History and Contributions of Bruce Grant , Noor and fellow alumni Norman Johnson, write of Bruce Grant: "...we feel the example of this outstanding scientist, mentor, colleague, and advocate of science to the public is one from which we can all learn... If our scientific net worths ever amount to half that of Bruce Grant, or others who have similarly inspired such a great many future scientists, we can retire knowing we have had truly successful careers." The Niche editors can't imagine a better tribute and salute. The Department offers the heartiest of congratulations to Mohamed Noor, Allen Orr, and Bruce Grant for their inspirational success and contributions to the field of biology and to the William and Mary community.