Ignacio Tinoco, Jr., former affiliate in Molecular Biophysics & Integrated Bioimaging and professor emeritus of chemistry at UC Berkeley, died on Nov. 15 at the age of 85. A pioneer in many fields, Tinoco is most well-known for his study of RNA folding over his 60-year career. “The echoes of his discoveries are everywhere in modern biochemistry and biology. He trained generations of RNA scientists, imbuing us with his humility, rigor, and wry sense of humor,” said his former student Jody Puglisi, professor and chair of the Department of Structural Biology at Stanford University. Read more at C&EN.
Ignacio Tinoco, Jr., an affiliate in the Molecular Biophysics & Integrated Bioimaging Divsion, has been a pioneer in many fields, but he is most known for his invaluable contribution to the study of RNA folding. He has taught in UC Berkeley’s chemistry department for 59 years. When he first started on the faculty, he was advised by the dean to wear a tie so that he could be distinguished from the students. Read more in the Berkeley Science Review.