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The Joshua Lederberg Papers

Title:
Letter from Joshua Lederberg to Joan Fisher Box Annotation pdf (725,241 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Joshua Lederberg to Joan Fisher Box
Description:
Item is handwritten. Item is a photocopy.
Number of Image Pages:
6 (725,241 Bytes)
Date:
1983-12-30 (December 30, 1983)
Creator:
Lederberg, Joshua
Recipient:
Box, Joan Fisher
Rights:
This item is in the public domain. It may be used without permission.
Relation:
Lederberg Grouping: Correspondence E
Box Number: 32
Folder Number: 87
Unique Identifier:
BBADQC
Accession Number:
8
Document Type:
Letters (correspondence)
Language:
English
Format:
application/pdf
image/tif
Physical Condition:
Good
Series: Correspondence, 1935-2002
SubSeries: 1978-1984
Folder: Fisher, R. A.
Transcript:
Dec 30 1983
Dear Mrs. Box
- re R. A. Fisher" - p. 409
I was so warmly, nostalgically pleased to read your grateful account of Luca Cavalli's introduction to bacterial genetics, and in due course to me. You may know that Luca and Alba are among my closest friends. They eventually moved to my department at Stanford; and I still see them often both there and here.
Your remark was most interesting; that "by early 1948 Fisher was planning to introduce. . . bacterial genetics. . ." This interests me as evidence of the prompt and tangible acceptance of my work (1946-1947), and especially as from such a substantial figure as he was.
I did meet him Sept. 1947 at Woods Hole (Biometrics Society), and had some discussion about recombination in bacteria. What impression that made, I did not know - recall I was then 22.
My question is about any documentation you may have about the sources of his conviction: what part from reading the papers, from comments of others, perhaps from our personal meeting.
[END PAGE ONE]
[BEGIN PAGE TWO]
P.S. "Congression of markers."[?]
Have you noticed this usage in Fisher's writings?
I am trying to trace the provenance of the term, prior to our application of it in the analysis of bacteria.
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Annotation by Joshua Lederberg:
KW: R. A. Fisher;  I ask Box, his daughter, about any documentation
of Fisher's interest in bacteria. Referring to Box' biography of her
 father.; Cavalli;


included are excerpts from her book on Fisher; nice account here of Cavalli;


see 1984 for further correspondence (her reply)

jl 2/28/99