Michael W. Davidson


Michael Wesley Davidson (November 14, 1950 – December 24, 2015) was an American research scientist and microscopist.[1] He used microscopes to create images of crystallized substances like DNA and hormones, and he contributed to Nobel Prize-honored research about the inner workings of cells. He is credited by 2014 Nobel Laureate Eric Betzig with teaching Betzig and fellow researcher Harald Hess about fluorescent proteins and providing the samples that led to the development of photoactivated localization microscopy (PALM), a super-resolution microscopy technique. [1]

Michael W. Davidson
Born(1950-11-14)November 14, 1950
DiedDecember 24, 2015(2015-12-24) (aged 65)
Alma materGeorgia State University

He ran Florida State University's National High Magnetic Field Laboratory as a researcher.[1][2][3][4]

He was from Atlanta and a graduate of Georgia State University.[5][6]


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  2. ^ Offord, Catherine (January 14, 2016). "Renowned Microscopist Dies". The Scientist.
  3. ^ Perkel, Jeffrey M. (April 1, 2012). "Microscopy Boot Camp". The Scientist.
  4. ^ Flora, Carlin (October 20, 2006). "Is that beer on your tie?". The Scientist.
  5. ^ Ensley, Gerald (16 May 2014). "Gerald Ensley: Mag Lab star ailing, but research lives on". Tallahassee Democrat. Retrieved 15 January 2016.
  6. ^ Ensley, Gerald (25 December 2015). "FSU groundbreaking researcher Davidson dies". Tallahassee Democrat. Retrieved 15 January 2016.