About the Author

Al Claiborne is a Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry at Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Born in Memphis, he grew up in the small town of Brownsville, Tennessee, 60 miles away. After graduating from Vanderbilt University in 1974, he received his PhD from Duke University. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Michigan until 1983, when he joined the faculty at Wake Forest. Over 1984-2012 his research collaborations took him to 10 European countries, including East Germany, and to Japan. His most memorable visits were to East Berlin and Dresden in 1990, eight months after the opening of the Berlin Wall, and all seven trips to Japan—from Sendai in the north to Tokushima in the south. In 2014 he established the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the memory of 1st Lt. Norman Lane. This work is his first book and is the product of his efforts with that project over eight years. He and his wife Terry live in Winston-Salem.