Louis Reichardt: Expeditions in Science and Mountaineering

Louis Reichardt has experienced both success and tragedy in his efforts to climb the world’s highest summits. Here he recalls his spectacular ascents of the two highest mountains in the world. In 1978, he reached the summit of K2 making him the first American ever to do so. Five years later, he joined the first team to reach the peak of Mount Everest via a challenging east face route that has never been repeated. Reichardt discusses the impact of mountaineering on his scientific career and the love of adventure and discovery that is shared by scientists and climbers.

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Louis Reichardt is a Professor in the Department of Physiology and a member of the Neuroscience Program at the University of California at San Francisco. His lab studies how extracellular factors, such as neurotrophic factor and adhesion molecules, control neuronal development and function. Learn more at Reichardt’s lab page. Last year Reichardt reached a new milestone by walking approximately 2000 miles to traverse every street, alley and staircase in San Francisco.

About the interviewer: Sarah Goodwin is currently the Director of iBiology.org.

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