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MacDiarmid, Alan (14 Apr.1927–7 Feb.2007), chemist, professor, and Nobel laureate, was born Alan Graham MacDiarmid in Masterton, New Zealand, to Archibald MacDiarmid and his wife Ruby. Alan’s father was an engineer, and his old textbooks were among Alan’s first contact with science. During the Depression Archibald MacDiarmid was under-employed for long stretches, so Alan entered the workforce. Throughout his life he exhibited a scrappy pride in overcoming economic adversity....