I was very pleased to hear that Sir David Weatherall has won the Lasker Prize for his work in Thalassemia.
I have known him (though not well) for the best part of thirty years. Many years ago I wrote a paper with him, having discovered a patient with beta thal trait and swiss type hereditary persistence of HbF, each inherited from a different parent.
He was quite excited by the discovery and sent his research fellow, Bill Wood, down to Bournemouth to do the necessary confirmatory tests on our primitive equipment. The paper was published as Heterocellular hereditary persistence of fetal haemoglobin (heterocellular HPFH) and its interaction with B thalassaemia. WG Wood, DG Weatherall, JB Clegg, TJ Hamblin, JH Edmonds, AM Barlow. British Journal of Haematology 1977 36: 461-473. and has been cited 35 times.