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The Joshua Lederberg Papers

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[College transcript of Joshua Lederberg]
Joshua Lederberg's transcript from Columbia University.
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2 (282,529 Bytes)
1946-12-17 (December 17, 1946)
Columbia University
Columbia University
This item is in the public domain. It may be used without permission.
Exhibit Category:
Biographical Information
Lederberg Grouping: No Epoch
Box Number: 2
Folder Number: 52
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Document Type:
School records
Series: Biography, 1904-1999
SubSeries: Education
SubSubSeries: Columbia University (College of Physicians and Surgeons)
SubSubSubSeries: Student Records
Folder: Applications & Transcripts, 1943-1947
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Annotation by Joshua Lederberg:
KW: Columbia College transcript;

As might be expected, this document stores a great deal of information.
Some items of note:  Years 1-2 were fairly conventional in time
duration: Sept. 1941- June 30 1943.  By second semester freshman yr,
I was enrolling in graduate courses (Botany 124 - morphogenesis,
taught by Gordon Whaley; and there I met Evelyn Maisel [Witkin], then
a grad. student.  If not sooner, I certainly heard about Neurospora
biochemical genetics there -- cf class notes and bibliographies.

Chem 41 (intro organaic chemistry) and CC (history) were "achieved"
namely passed by examination.  Summer '42 I took Chem 42 (organic)
taught by a visiting professor, Frank Stodola, who was so wonderfully
supportive of me thoughout.

By Year 2, I was into many graduate courses:  Zoo-117 (Embryology:
Ballantine, Barth); and Zoo-125 (a world-famous Cytology course -
Franz Schrader); advanced math and physics; adv organic.

Then, July 1 1943., inducted into Navy V-12 but assigned right back to
Columbia though now in barracks, and accelerated schedule, startig that
summer. Advanced physics and Phys-Chem.  But having completed most
pre-med requirements was assigned to service at US Naval Hospital
St Albans, as hospital corpsman (in fact parasitology lab.)
Shuttled back to Columbia when it was discovered I need to complete
prerequisites in Literature, and took philosophy (logic: Nagel; Buchler;
Gutman), and back again to USNH July 1 - Oct 1 when my medical school
admission (Columbia P&S) took effect.  D-day was of course June 6, 1944.

Setting advanced levels of courses aside, My grades oscillated between
A's and B's, except Navy Phys Ed, which I failed a/c swimming test.
That nearly earned my expulsion from the V-12, but I eventually recouped.

Actually from Sept. 1942 on I was spending most of my time in Francis
Ryan's lab, first on Neurospora, later bacteria.  But see other
research reports on colchicine; physiology of mitosis; nucleolus (and
other cytochemistry; "theory" of fixation;); and in medical school
and with Tony Iannone, liver regeneration.  And courses were a thin
veneer over auto-didacticism.

jl 2/25/99