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Thomas Traut

Thomas Traut has been an enthusiastic enzymologist for more than fifty years. He has written a textbook, Allosteric Regulatory Enzymes, and published many research papers. He was born in Germany and educated in California and then was a professor of biochemistry for forty years at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. He enjoys all forms of science, and biochemistry especially, because this field explores what happens inside the cells of our body – how the chemistry of life actually happens. He has been happily married for more than fifty years to Karyn Traut, a very creative playwright, who can always inspire him with her insights. Together they have enjoyed various outdoor activities, such as hiking and skiing, and were fortunate to complete an around-the-world tour in the fall of 2019 before the world closed down.

Ten Things I Can’t Do Without

  1. A happy marriage
  2. A focus on truth and facts
  3. Books and articles on science
  4. Visits with family
  5. Traveling: exploring other places and cultures
  6. Being able to repair or remodel anything in our house
  7. Our modern digital world, permitting quick contact with family and friends
  8. Books about history
  9. Multiple social groups with intelligent and amiable companions
  10. Various types of exercise

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