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Sun Aug 11, 2019, 02:10 PM

The Obituary of Susan Eaton, from the Members of Her Lab.

A tribute to Susan Eaton, the evolutionary biologist raped and murdered last month in Greece:


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Suzanne Eaton, who died tragically last month (Nature 571, 305–306; 2019), was our leader, our role model, our mentor and — most importantly — our friend.

Academic research can be arduous and unrewarding. During those dire times, Suzanne met us promptly. She insisted on going through all the raw data with us. By embracing each result as a potential clue to the truth, she taught us how to analyse and think about it in depth. And she could amplify any tentative excitement of our own with an exclamation such as “What? Wow! That’s fascinating”, accompanied by an exuberant banging on the desk.

It was important to Suzanne that the special experience of working as a team was never compromised. She always asked our opinion before offering someone a position.

Suzanne taught us to think synergistically. She showed us links between seemingly unrelated topics. The sources of several discoveries made in the lab could be attributed to such leaps in her thinking. Perhaps this approach is what we need to answer the overarching questions in science. Her illustrious life and career are a testament to that vision (see Obituary Nature Cell Biol., in the press). We shall all do our very best to honour her memory.


Nature 572, 178 (2019)



She was more than a victim. She was a scientist, and a mentor to scientists.

A moving tribute in the age of misogyny and other lies.

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NNadir Aug 11 OP
secondwind Aug 11 #1
bobbieinok Aug 11 #2
NNadir Aug 11 #3
littlemissmartypants Aug 12 #4
Judi Lynn Aug 12 #5

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Sun Aug 11, 2019, 02:16 PM

1. What a tragic end to her life, she had so much to give... DAMN

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Response to NNadir (Original post)

Sun Aug 11, 2019, 02:22 PM

2. Thank you for post. A truly tragic, senseless death. I guess he killed her 'because she was there'

Made me think of a documentary of the rapes and murders in the Congo, a horrific place for girls and women.

The interviewer asked one soldier why he raped. His answer 'because I can.'

A frightening world for females.

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Response to bobbieinok (Reply #2)

Sun Aug 11, 2019, 02:27 PM

3. Today, in the New York Times, a front page article...

...pointed out that mass murderers not motivated by Trumpian racism are often known misogynists.

I am so grateful for young women like Malala Yousafzai who fight back from a position of strength.

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Mon Aug 12, 2019, 01:21 AM

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Mon Aug 12, 2019, 11:30 AM

5. Hadn't heard the circumstances of her death, until seeing your post. Thank you. n/t

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