"Its pictures had for me the effect of the song of a mermaid: irresistible and half transparent."
George Palade first described the ribosomes of the endoplasmic reticulum in 1955 from his transmission electron microscope study. In his Nobel lecture Dr. Palade explains the reasons for selecting the pancreatic exocrine cell. " But perhaps the most important factor in this selection was the appeal of the amazing organization of the pancreatic acinar cell whose cytoplasm is packed with stacked endoplasmic reticulum cisternae studded with ribosomes. Its pictures had for me the effect of the song of a mermaid: irresistible and half transparent"
Intracellular Aspects of the Process of Protein Secretion
George E. Palade – Nobel Lecture, December 12, 1974