I was curious about the authors of the paper I mentioned yesterday.  After looking around the web for a while I was able to find the following biography for O. Hai.

 

O. Hai was born to a single mother on the same day as two siblings and took an early interest in physical sciences.  From nearly the beginning of her life she was fascinated by string theory, and was the first to suggest investigating the balled up end rather than the unraveled part everyone else had been studying.  Like so many young scientists, her attention span was short and she soon moved on to an interest in bio-mechanical engineering and medicine, becoming an expert on the movement and anatomy of many species of birds and rodents.  She continued on with many more lofty accomplishments in physics before being hired by the Institute for Theoretical Experiments.  It was not her long history of experimental science which eventually won over the hiring committee, however.  On the contrary, they were convinced of her superior intellect by her inscrutable stares and apparent ability to see things no one else could see.  She did not develop an interest in chemistry until meeting I. B. Hakkenshit, who was visiting the Institute on sabbatical.  Together they wrote what is now known as O. Hai’s most influential paper, A Simple and Convenient Synthesis of Pseduoephedrine From N-Methylamphetamine.  While Hakkenshit did most of the experimental work, O. Hai wrote the text of the paper, mostly with her toes.