RE: Life in the Lab -- Fox and the Nobel Prize

Pim van Meurs (
Wed, 5 May 1999 08:36:51 -0700

Art: As a scientist who knew Sidney Fox quite well, I think I can say without
ambiguity that any suggestion that Sidney Fox did anything worthy of a
Nobel prize is ludicrous, and an offense to the whole spirit and meaning of
the Nobel Prize. I have spoken to Fox personally on several occasions WRT
his views on origins, and he knew well my own views on origins. His claim
to have created anything like a life form (the best he did was to make tiny
bubbles of proteinoid material that resembled cells as much as soap bubbles
do) was laughable, and must have been considered by him as a
tongue-in-cheek claim. His colleagues had no respect for his claims, and
very little for his work.

Tongue in cheek ? Perhaps you should read his work rather than "laugh" at that which contradicts your beliefs ?

Art: I assured him that he needn't give his lecture to me, that I was already
well acquainted with the problems scientists had accepting or even giving
consideration to new ideas

A bit ironic eh?

Art: Sidney Fox's work is now considered by most origin of life advocates I have
read to have been a tiny detour down a road that led nowhere.

Really ? Perhaps it's time for those people to read what Fox actually achieved ?