"Productive laboratories are not merely the reflection of good scientific discipline and expert direction but depend as much on the establishment of a congenial atmosphere in which science can flourish as a consequence of free thought, unguarded exchange of ideas, critical discussion and a respectful interaction among all of its personnel."
- – Earl Stadtman
Earl and Thressa Stadtman in 2003
Accomplished biochemists and beloved mentors, Thressa and Earl Stadtman have worked at NIH for more than half a century. They came to Bethesda in 1950 as a young married couple and developed a unique way of conducting research and training scientists—their colleagues call it the "Stadtman way."
The "Stadtman way" refers not only to the extraordinarily high standard of rigor they set in biochemical research, but also to their generous sharing of credit in publications with more junior scientists. The "Stadtman way" helped create a congenial atmosphere in their productive laboratory.
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