Ernest Everett Just 1883-1941
He Changed the Way We Thought About Cells
-Going against conventional wisdom he shattered long-held beliefs about the structure and functions of cells by proving that ectoplasm--which had been largely ignored--was vital to cell and egg development.
-His findings changed the way scientists thought about evolution, the difference between plants and animals, the difference between non-living and living things, ways to determine sex in advance, the functions of the liver, kidneys, pancreas, and other vital organs. His findings also affected cancer research.
-The importance he placed on ectoplasm was too extreme, just as the scientists of his day placed too much importance on the nucleus. Nevertheless his findings were groundbreaking and critical.