« Physically imposing due to his height, Jan Vincents Johannessen is the nearest thing the Society has had to a rock star in its upper echelons. By that time the CEO of the Norwegian Radium Hospital, a visiting professor at Columbia University and editor of the McGraw-Hill multi-volume series on electron microscopy, was and continues to be a very public figure in his native Norway. He has had separate careers as a successful painter and photographer, as a songwriter who contributed the lyrics to the official song of Norway’s 1994 Winter Olympics and as the author of the bestselling non-fiction book in Norway’s history (published in English as Life is a River).”
Minds, Microscopes and Molecules.
The First Fifty Years of the European Society of Pathology
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