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Coprinopsis: an autobiography
An autobiographical account of a 50-year research career. This PDF version has LIVE hyperlinks, so gives instant access to PDF reprints of all papers.
This is my story. My autobiographical account of my 50-year research career. It has also turned out to be a biography of the ink cap mushroom which is now called Coprinopsis cinerea, so to put my own research into some perspective I do make reference to the work of others; both before and after my own half-century contribution. However, as I say, this is my story so don’t be surprised if my opinions dominate the line of argument I present. I have always been an experimentalist, and it seems to me that performing experiments on an organism and then interpreting their results is a close analogue of a ghost writer interviewing the subject of his/her biography, and then writing the text using the subject’s own words and calling it an autobiography. Throughout this account I will be showing you the results of a great many of my experiments and interpreting them to show you what they mean and how they contributed to a developing story. In many respects I will be using my subject’s own words to tell this story of a life. I’m just reporting what Coprinopsis has told me; that’s my justification for calling this an autobiography.
David Moore, BSc, PhD, DSc, FLS, retired from the Faculty of Life Sciences of the University of Manchester in 2009. He was born in Liverpool but has lived in south Manchester since 1966.