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June 22 signing of From Melon Fields to Moon Rocks June 7, 2017

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Come and enjoy light snacks, wine and a reading from the newly published book, “From Melon Fields to Moon Rocks.” The event will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on June 22, 2017 in the Boone County Historical Society at 3801 Ponderosa St., Columbia, Missouri.

The book follows Charles W. Gehrke from his poor childhood in the foothills of the Appalachians to his success as a scientist who analyzed the moon rocks brought back from the Apollo moon landings and an entrepreneur who founded with two colleagues ABC Labs, which employed 300 people before its 2015 buyout by a global firm.

The book will be for sale at the Boone County Historical Society at the event and then in the BCHS’s shop from then on.

What? Can’t make it to this event? More events are coming!

The book is also available directly from the author, Dianna Borsi O’Brien, via this website.

Now available — the biography of Charles W. Gehrke, From Melon Fields to Moon Rocks.

You can buy a signed copy here by clicking the PayPal button below.

The book is also available through  amazon.com and Barnes & Nobel.

A signing and book launch is planned for 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 in Orr Street Studios, 106 Orr Street, Columbia. RSVP to Dianna O’Brien at dobrien387@gmail.com

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So what’s From Melon Fields to Moon Rocks about?

Charles W. Gehrke was unflinching. Determined. Persistent.

He grew up among the poorest of the poor, yet carried only happy memories of those early years. Out of necessity he learned the value of hard work, as he and his brother helped support their family even as children — but he never complained and never stopped working even during his final days on this earth.

In the 1960s, his work searching for amino acids, the building blocks of life, drew the attention of NASA which would soon launch missions to the moon. Charles was tapped to investigate the lunar samples for signs of life. Spoiler alert: He didn’t find any — but a transcript the author uncovered of a radio program from that time shows that he thought he would.

In 1968, he did something else unusual at the time and brought his research to the marketplace, launching ABC Labs. The company thrived and before its buy out in 2015 it employed about 300 people. Today, ABC Labs now part of EAG Laboratories, a global scientific services company headquartered in San Diego.

The book, From Melon Fields to Moon Rocks highlights the adventurous life of Charles W. Gehrke, a biochemist, entrepreneur and family man.

Published by Yolanda Ciolli’s firm, Compass Flower Press, and designed by Ginny Booker, the book was released in April 2017.

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Melon Fields book launched April 27, 2017

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With a headline of “From Columbia to the moon: Charles Gehrke’s biography charts his path, the Columbia Missourian published an article about the book “From Melon Fields to Moon Rocks.”

Written by Marta Payne and published April 27, 2017, it provides an excellent summary of the book and Gehrke’s accomplishments. It also notes that the inaugural book launch was held on Wednesday, April 26.

If you missed the event, another book signing will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on June 22, 2017 in the Boone County Historical Society. If you want to read the book now, you can buy it here or from Yellow Dog Bookshop at 8 S. Ninth St., Columbia Missouri.

You can also buy it here now by clicking the PayPal button below.From Melon Fields to Moon Rocks cover 032917

The book is also available through  amazon.com and Barnes & Nobel.

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Here’s more about  “From Melon Fields to Moon Rocks.”

Charles W. Gehrke was unflinching. Determined. Persistent.

He grew up among the poorest of the poor, yet carried only happy memories of those early years. Out of necessity he learned the value of hard work, as he and his brother helped support the family even as children — but he never complained and never stopped working even during his final days on this earth.

In the 1960s, his work searching for amino acids, the building blocks of life, drew the attention of NASA, which would soon launch missions to the moon. Gehrke was tapped to investigate the lunar samples for signs of life. Spoiler alert: He didn’t find any — but a transcript the author uncovered of a radio program from that time shows that he thought he would.

In 1968, he did something else unusual at the time and brought his research to the marketplace, launching ABC Labs. The company thrived and before its buy out in 2015 it employed about 300 people. Today, ABC Labs now part of EAG Laboratories, a global scientific services company headquartered in San Diego.

The book, “From Melon Fields to Moon Rocks” highlights the adventurous life of Gehrke, an MU biochemist, entrepreneur and family man.

Published by Yolanda Ciolli’s firm, Compass Flower Press, and designed by Ginny Booker, the book was released in April 2017.

Have it shipped to you directly for $20, plus tax and shipping.

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Available now — From Melon Fields to Moon Rocks March 30, 2017

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Now available — the biography of Charles W. Gehrke, From Melon Fields to Moon Rocks.From Melon Fields to Moon Rocks cover 032917

You can buy a signed copy here by clicking the PayPal button below.

The book is also available through  amazon.com and Barnes & Nobel.

A signing and book launch is planned for 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 in Orr Street Studios, 106 Orr Street, Columbia. RSVP to Dianna O’Brien at dobrien387@gmail.com

Have it shipped to you directly for $20, plus tax and shipping.

Buy Now Button

So what’s From Melon Fields to Moon Rocks about?

Charles W. Gehrke was unflinching. Determined. Persistent.

He grew up among the poorest of the poor, yet carried only happy memories of those early years. Out of necessity he learned the value of hard work, as he and his brother helped support their family even as children — but he never complained and never stopped working even during his final days on this earth.

In the 1960s, his work searching for amino acids, the building blocks of life, drew the attention of NASA which would soon launch missions to the moon. Charles was tapped to investigate the lunar samples for signs of life. Spoiler alert: He didn’t find any — but a transcript the author uncovered of a radio program from that time shows that he thought he would.

In 1968, he did something else unusual at the time and brought his research to the marketplace, launching ABC Labs. The company thrived and before its buy out in 2015 it employed about 300 people. Today, ABC Labs now part of EAG Laboratories, a global scientific services company headquartered in San Diego.

The book, From Melon Fields to Moon Rocks highlights the adventurous life of Charles W. Gehrke, a biochemist, entrepreneur and family man.

Published by Yolanda Ciolli’s firm, Compass Flower Press, and designed by Ginny Booker, the book was released in April 2017.

Have it shipped to you directly for $20, plus tax and shipping.

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Kindle version of Chromatography: A Century of Discovery 1900-2000 August 16, 2011

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A new technology is making the work of Charles W. Gehrke more available. Two years after his death, one of the books he edited is now available through Amazon.com in a Kindle version.

Charles would have loved it.

Charles started as a boy working in farm fields, growing everything from potatoes to melons, but he never shirked an opportunity to embrace technology. During his career as a scientist, he went from simple, wet chemistry to chromatography and along the way analyzed everything from farm soil to moon rocks. Only weeks before his death in 2009, he launched this website.

Now, his book, Chromatography A Century of Discovery 1900-2000: The Bridge to the Sciences/Technology is available through Amazon.com in a Kindle version. The book, edited by Charles and his long-time colleagues Robert Wixom and Ernst Bayer, is available by clicking here.

Charles spent his life dedicated to discovering the next new discovery and sharing that information. This next step of making his work even more available would have pleased Charles to no end.

C.W. Gehrke, R.L. Wixom, E. Bayer, eds. Chromatography A Century of Discovery 1900-2000: The Bridge to the Sciences/Technology. Elsevier, 2001, 709 pp. Click here to buy this book from Elsevier. Click here to buy a Kindle version of the book from Amazon.com

Chromatography: A Science of Discovery February 3, 2011

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The last scientific book coauthored by Charles W. Gehrke has received some publicity.

The John Wiley and Sons publication is the subject of three recent news releases or articles.

“With numerous references and an engaging series of voices,” notes an article on the Business Wire, “Chromatography: A Science of Discovery offers a divers look at an essential area of science. It is a unique and invaluable resource for researchers, students, and other interested readers who seek a broader understanding of this field.”

The other news release was distributed by Reuters and the article was posted on CNBC.com.

 

Book published December 3, 2010

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Charles never stopped working in the field he loved — chromatography — even decades after his 1987 official retirement.

Chromatography: A Science of Discovery was published in September 2010, more than a year after he died in February 2009.

The book was published by John Wiley and Sons, is 410 pages and carries a price tag of $99.95. It can be purchased online here.

The book is an invaluable resource, according to the Wiley website. The site describes the book as follows: “Features contributions from more than 50 award-winning chromatographers, Chromatography: A Science of Discovery offers a multifaceted look at the development and maturation of this field … With numerous reference and an engaging series of voices, Chromatography: A Science of Discovery offers a diverse look at an essential area of science. It is a unique and invaluable resource for researchers, students, and other interested readers who seek a broader understanding of this field.”

When announcing the publication of Charles’s book, his daughter Susan Gehrke Isaacson applauded the efforts of Drs. Deb Chance and Tom Mawhinney at the University of Missouri in getting the book through the publisher.

Contributors to the book also include Viktor G. Berezkin, Jaroslav Janak, Thomas L. Chester, Ernst Bayer, Walter G. Jennings, Ronald E. Majors, J. Jack Kirkland, Klaus K. Unger, Heinz Engelhardt, Gerhard Schomburg, William H. Pirkle, Christopher J. Welch, Daniel W. Armstrong, Jerker O. Porath, Jan B. Sjovall, David S. Hage, Pat Noland, Terry N. Hopper, Michael W. Dong, Yong Guo, Todd D. Maloney, Raymond N. Xu, Del Koch, Lyle Johnson, Pat Sandra, and Richard B. Van Breemen.

2001 Chromatography book still valuable November 29, 2010

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A book Charles W. Gehrke published in 2001 is on sale on eBay for $865.14 U.S. dollars. The book is being offered by an Australian vendor at $896.95 Australian dollars.

While science moves at lightning speed, the work Charles highlighted in the book, “Chromatography: A Century of Discovery 1900-2000,” is still valuable.

You can bid on the book by going here.

Charles’s work lives on.