In Memoriam: Ian R. Gibbons, 86, dynein discoverer

Ian Gibbons

Ian Gibbons, a long-time visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, died January 30, 2018. He was 86. Gibbons had been a member of ASCB since 1961. He was noted for his discovery of the motor protein dynein.Together with Ron Vale of the University of California, San Francisco, Gibbons was awarded the 2017 Shaw Prize in Life Science and Medicine for their discoveries of microtubule-associated motor proteins. In 1994, ASCB awarded Gibbons and his wife Barbara Hollingworth Gibbons the Society’s highest scientific honor, the E.B. Wilson award, for their dynein work. For more on the discovery of dynein, watch this video posted September 2017, where Ron Vale chats with Gibbons about the events leading up to the isolation and description of this motor protein.

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Mary Spiro is ASCB's Science Writer and Social Media Manager.