A Thinker and Seeker

My Journey To Be a Biomedical Scientist

by Robert A. Floyd

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Synopsis

This book is about the authorís (my) life including my ancestors who came into Colonial America from Northern Ireland in 1746. This book is also about me growing up on the farm. There are episodes given such as the time when I was about 10 years old and had the chore of taking two gallons of skim milk to feed about eight 200 pounds pigs their desert so to speak. On at least one occasion, the pigs surrounded me and ran into the pail of skim milk resulting in me getting a skim milk bath.

My educational journey started in a two-room country school where the eighth grade included four girls and me. My educational journey continued through high school, University undergraduate and graduate school where the high light of my learning was the spookiness of quantum physics. My goal began to be realized when I started doing and leading biomedical research activity in 1974 and then after 30 plus years of research and over 200 peer reviewed research papers I was awarded the Discovery Research Metal from the research society I helped found several years earlier.

It is important to note that my relative that came from Northern Ireland was a Loyalist Colonel in command of a militia in the Revolutionary War. Several of my close relatives were in the Civil War on the Union side. Many of their graves are within one-half mile of the farm where I grew up. At least two of my close relatives died in a Confederate prison in Virginia. President Abe Lincolnís birthplace was about sixty-five miles away from the home farm.

About the Author

I live in Oklahoma City with my wife Marlene and our two year old Brittany dog Caulie. My two sons Matthew and Patrick and their families also live in the general area. I also am part owner of the family farm that has been in the family since 1806.We visit there about three times a year. I spend most workdays at an office in the Research Park where I am an adviser for Haus Bioceutical. I am planning to write another book on the subject of Creativity. My wife and I are looking forward to international travel that includes several Viking River Cruises.