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Robert Lefkowitz, M.D., A Funny Thing Happened…


  • Date:
  • April 25, 2021

  • Time:
  • 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Sunday
  • FREE

Robert Lefkowitz, M.D., A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Stockholm: The Adrenaline-Fueled Adventures of an Accidental Scientist


In Conversation with Holly Firfer, CNN Correspondent


Zoom Author Talk & Q & A




Book purchases include signed bookplate! A Cappella Books is the official bookseller of the National JCC Literary Consortium.


New York Times New and Noteworthy Book!


The rollicking memoir from Robert Lefkowitz, the cardiologist turned legendary scientist and winner of the Nobel Prize – A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Stockholm: The Adrenaline-Fueled Adventures of an Accidental Scientist – is a narrative that revels in the joy of science
and discovery, written in conjunction with Emory University Professor Randy Hall.


Like Richard Feynman in the field of physics, Dr. Robert Lefkowitz is known for being a larger-than-life character: a not-immodest, often self-deprecating, always-entertaining raconteur. Indeed, when he received the Nobel Prize, the press corps in Sweden covered him intensively, describing him as “the happiest Laureate.”


Dr. Lefkowitz describes being a “yellow beret” in the public health corps with Dr. Anthony Fauci, his time as a cardiologist, and his extraordinary transition to biochemistry which would lead to his Nobel Prize win, all while igniting passion and curiosity as a fabled mentor and teacher throughout his career. In addition to working as a cardiologist, Dr. Lefkowitz is also a cardiac patient himself, and has a strong personal connection to his research. But it’s all in a day’s work, as Lefkowitz reveals in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Stockholm, which is filled to the brim with anecdotes and energy and gives us a glimpse into the life of one of today’s leading scientists.


Robert J. Lefkowitz is a Nobel-Prize-winning scientist (Chemistry, 2012) who is best known for showing how adrenaline works via stimulation of specific receptors. He was trained at Columbia, the National Institutes of Health and Harvard before joining the faculty at Duke University
in 1973. In addition to being a researcher, Dr. Lefkowitz is a cardiologist as well as a cardiac patient.


Presented in partnership with the National JCC Literary Consortium


The Book Festival is supported by the Grotta Fund for Senior Care of the Jewish Community Foundation, and the Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center.


All books include shipping to the US and Canada only. Books will be shipped by our partner, A Cappella Books, after the event and can take 7 – 10 business days to receive due to Covid-related USPS delays!




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