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Pioneering work in stem cell research over the last quarter century has highlighted the particular contributions of a handful of visionary researchers whose breakthrough work not only has captured international headlines but also has been recognized with prestigious awards and who themselves have become lightning-rod personalities in the very public debate over the ethics of stem cell research. However, the reality is that although the field of biomedicine has become among the most prominent in the sciences, the pioneering work of those handful of visionary researchers has come only because of the quiet and unheralded contributions of thousands of biomedical stem cell researchers in dozens of countries whose works—and names—seldom find their way into the public record. Yet their work, painstaking and meticulous, quietly contributes ...

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