Lab Girl

by

Hope Jahren

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Ed Character Analysis

Ed is an older professor and science researcher who is very close to retirement. He was a friend of Jahren’s dissertation advisor, and she considered him like an uncle to her. After she set up her own lab, she ran into Ed at a conference, where he ended up offering to let her take all of his old supplies from his lab, as they would just be thrown out. She and Bill rent two U-Hauls to bring the supplies back to their lab, and are thankful for all of the money they have saved.
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Ed Character Timeline in Lab Girl

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Part 3: Flowers and Fruit
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...they were presenting at a conference in Denver, they bumped into a fellow researcher named Ed, whom Jahren considers her “academic uncle.” He mentioned that he was retiring, and when Jahren... (full context)
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...kept a running tab of the hundreds of dollars that they would save by taking Ed’s old supplies. They then turned their attention to the mass spectrometer at the back of... (full context)