Publisher Summary Gottfried Schatz was born on August 18, 1936, in the tiny village of Strem near the Austro-Hungarian border. The drone of bombers, the wail of sirens, nights in bomb shelters, firefights in nocturnal skies, bayonets, shrapnel, and live ammunition were Gottfried Schatz's childhood toys. Debris and craters were his playgrounds, intellectual deserts hinting of past riches that had mysteriously disappeared and, much later, the pervasive silence about it all. After graduating from high school in 1954, Schatz began to study chemistry at the University of Graz, impatient to do all day what he had only been able to do as a hobby. Biochemical processes had always fascinated Schatz, but the University of Graz did not offer any biochemistry courses. Thus, he created his own Biochemistry 101 course. First, he worked his way through the biochemistry section of Chemical Abstracts, a popular abstracting periodical. Then he jotted down the names and addresses of the authors whose articles interested him the most.