The algae world lost one of its great champions earlier this month. Milt Sommerfeld will be sorely missed by all in the algae space and beyond. Milt is a household name in the algae industry: he started the Laboratory of Algae Research and Biotechnology (LARB) in Arizona, which later became the Arizona Center for Algae Technology and Innovation (AzCATI) and acts as one of the key research hubs for algae in the United States. He was also instrumental in developing the Algae Testbed Public Private Partnership (ATP3), which offers third-party technology verification for those researchers looking to test out their tech.
Yet Milt’s legacy goes far beyond the labs he helped establish and the impressive research that he conducted. He touched many lives throughout his career, inspiring the next generation of algae researchers and all of those who met him with his humor, knowledge and passion.
Read about Milt’s legacy and achievements in this wonderful write-up posted by Arizona State University.