Ed Krebs was one of those people whose accomplishments were so numerous and so extraordinary that, paradoxically, they were easy to overlook because they formed such a huge part of our scientific world. But, every time we teach or do research on the regulation of pretty much anything that goes on inside the living cell, the chances are good that we are either talking about or building on his work.
Gregory A. Petsko
Gyula and Katica Tauber professor of biochemistry and chemistry
I was privileged to work for and with Ed for nearly 40 years. During this time, I do not believe I ever heard him raise his voice to me in disapproval though there were plenty of times when I deserved it. Ed gave his students and faculty a huge amount of freedom and yet somehow always seemed to have his hand on the "pulse of the lab." He preferred to lead by example rather than by giving orders. Eventually we all learned that his gentle suggestions were something to which we needed to pay attention. Ultimately, we were all better off for the experience. He will be sorely missed.
Professor of pharmacology
University of Washington
1. Fischer, E. H., and Krebs, E. G. (1955) Conversion of Phosphorylase B to Phosphorylase A in Muscle Extracts. J. Biol. Chem. 216, 121 - 132.
John D. Scott (email@example.com) is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator and the Edwin G. Krebs-Speights professor of cell signaling and cancer biology at the University of Washington School of Medicine.