We are retired scientists. After we retired, we began living full-time in a travel trailer while moving around the USA and Canada visiting fascinating places and enjoying the company of friends and colleagues. We spent several winters at the Gulf Specimen Marine Laboratory in Panacea, Florida and that has become our favourite winter home. In April 2015 we purchased a house in Alonsa, Manitoba, Canada (pop. 75) on territory ceded, released, surrendered and yielded up in 1871 to Her Majesty the Queen and successors forever. We also hosted the Embryo Physics Course in Second Life. We spent ours summers in our home while continuing to enjoy Panacea’s gentle winters and the hospitality of Gulf Specimen Marine Lab until the fall of 2019 when Dick had a mild stroke and then COVID-19 made travel inadvisable. October 24, 2015, we submitted our jointly written book called Embryogenesis Explained which will be published by World Scientific Publishing. We have six children and twelve grandchildren between us, and we live with two dogs and two cats. When we are not doing science or being in the company of our family and friends, we enjoy canoeing, swimming, biking, taking long walks on beaches, and watching the aurora borealis and sunsets together.
Richard (Dick) Gordon was born in Brooklyn, New York, USA, and educated at the University of Chicago where he did an undergraduate degree in Mathematics and then a PhD at University of Oregon in Chemical Physics under Terrell L Hill. He published his first paper in 1966. Gordon is an eclectic scientist and prolific writer with over 200 peer reviewed publications in a wide number of fields. He has edited 19 academic books and special issues of scientific journals including one book of his own, Hierarchal Genome and Differentiation Waves: Novel Unification of Development, Genetics and Evolution. He is best known for interdisciplinary and cross disciplinary work bridging biology with fields such as mathematics, engineering, physics and chemistry. He wrote the first paper on diatom nanotechnology founding that field. He started the field of adaptive neighborhood image processing. He has also published about algal biofuels,computed tomography, AIDS prevention, neural tube defects, embryo physics, as well as research and social ethics. His most cited paper is one where he applied the linear Kaczmarz method to create the nonlinear Algebraic Reconstruction Technique for image reconstruction with Robert Bender and Gabor Herman in 1970.
Natalie K. Gordon (nee Björklund) was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, grew up in Pincourt, Quebec, and earned her CEGEP degree in Social Studies (Child Psychology/Criminology) at Dawson College in Montreal in 1979. She moved to rural Saskatchewan that year. After several years as a farmwife and mother of three, she decided to return to school taking Grades 11&12 Biology, Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics through the Government of Saskatchewan’s correspondence program. She moved to Winnipeg in 1988 in order to start university. She graduated from the University of Manitoba with a BSc in Biochemistry (1995) and then a PhD in Human Genetics (2004). Her thesis topic was about the role of variants of folic acid metabolism in complications of pregnancy. She worked as a postdoctoral fellow researching the role of infection in premature labor and as a research associate in bioinformatics before retiring. She has been publishing peer reviewed scientific papers both with Dick, and independently of him, since her first year as an undergraduate. Her most cited paper is A hypothesis linking low folate intake to neural tube defects due to failure of post translations methylations of the cytoskeleton which she published with Dick in 2006. She has also published speculative science fiction.
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Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Wayne State University
Natalie and Dick with author, environmentalist, and founder of Gulf Specimen Marine Laboratory Jack Rudloe, at the Joel Sartore’s Photo Ark exhibit opening where Jack was honoured as an environmental hero, November 4, 2015
Natalie in Death Valley, 2014
Natalie and Klinger, at home in Alonsa Manitoba, June 2015. Klinger is a Siamese cross who was born in 2006.
Canoeing at Wellman and Glad Lake, Duck Mountain Provincial Park, 2020.
Rock climbing in Huntsville, Alabama’s US Space and Rocket Centre, 2015
Second Life meeting with other scientists.