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The Joshua Lederberg Papers

Title:
"What I would like to Be" (Joshua Lederberg's writing at age 7) Annotation pdf (56,779 Bytes) transcript of pdf
"What I would like to Be" (Joshua Lederberg's writing at age 7)
Description:
This "essay" by Joshua Lederberg, written at age 7 while attending P. S. 46 in New York City, gives an early indication of his interest in the sciences. The essay, with some misspellings, reads: "I would like to be a scientistist of mathemmatics like Einstein. I would study science and discover a few theories in science." The "Solomon" shown in Lederberg's name at the top is actually a youthful affectation and not part of his proper name.
Item is handwritten. Item is a photocopy.
Number of Image Pages:
1 (56,779 Bytes)
Date:
1932-06-20 (June 20, 1932)
Creator:
Lederberg, Joshua
Rights:
This item is in the public domain. It may be used without permission.
Subject:
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
Career Choice
Exhibit Category:
Biographical Information
Relation:
Lederberg Grouping: No Epoch
Box Number: 1
Folder Number: 49
Unique Identifier:
BBAAAA
Accession Number:
1
Document Type:
Essays
Language:
English
Format:
application/pdf
image/tif
Physical Condition:
Good
Series: Biography, 1904-1999
SubSeries: Biographical & Autobiographical Materials
SubSubSeries: Autobiographical Files
Folder: "What I Would Like to Be", 1932
Transcript:
Joshua Solomon Lederberg
June 20, 1932
What I Would Like To Be
I would like to be a scientist of mathematics like Einstein. I would study science and discover a few theories in science.
11/3/97: My earliest autograph. June 20, 1932. (age 7)
Handwriting not much improved.
The "Solomon" is an affectation, never properly my name.
J.L.
Metadata Last Modified Date:
2014-05-02
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Annotation by Joshua Lederberg:
KW: Einstein; 1932; **;

   ...  Joshua Solomon Lederberg

"What I would like to be.

I would like to be a scientistist 
of mathemmatics like Einstein.  I would
study science and discover a few theories
in science.  "


My earliest known composition  (conserved by my mother).

"scientistist" may have been a premonition of my work about science,
as well as in it;

This also documents my voluntary choice of Solomon as a middle name,
which I used sporadically perhaps through 1940's.  It is still
 reflected in my email handle "jsl", which I came up with on demand for
> 2 character code.;  Solomon has connotations of "sage, wisdom",
which I am sure were my aspirations, eveidently even by age 7/;


jl  7/5/98  , 7/25/98, 9/22/98,  7/20/02