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The Joshua Lederberg Papers

Title:
Letter from Joshua Lederberg to Muriel Beadle pdf (92,692 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Joshua Lederberg to Muriel Beadle
Description:
Item is handwritten. Item is a photocopy.
Number of Image Pages:
1 (92,692 Bytes)
Date:
1989-06-17 (June 17, 1989)
Creator:
Lederberg, Joshua
Recipient:
Beadle, Muriel
Rights:
This item is in the public domain. It may be used without permission.
Relation:
Lederberg Grouping: Correspondence F
Box Number: 40
Folder Number: 5
Unique Identifier:
BBASFL
Accession Number:
82
Document Type:
Letters (correspondence)
Language:
English
Format:
application/pdf
image/tif
Physical Condition:
Good
Series: Correspondence, 1935-2002
SubSeries: 1985-1999
Folder: Beadle, George W.
Transcript:
Mrs. Muriel Beadle
[stamped, JUN 17 1989]
Dear Mrs. Beadle
Beets' death is the close of a fabulous era in the history of biology, the premonitor of the age of molecular biology.
I have not been very close to either of you during the past 30 years; but I know what a trial the last decade has been, and I do want to offer my sympathies and condolences.
The APS has asked if I would write a brief memoir -- as I did after Ed Tatum died. I am sure there are carefully preserved archives at Pasadena and Chicago; and I trust others are reminding you, praying that you will deposit any further of Beets' papers there or with the Genetics collection of the APS. (If I can be of any guidance please call on me, as I have become a history buff and have the stewardship of the Rockefeller Archive Center as one of my lighter responsibilities.) In any case it may be some time before such materials are processed and released for scholarly use. They will be invaluable for the full biography that
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I hope will be forthcoming eventually.
That is not my task, which is that if a brief memoir. I do ask whether you have any account of Beets' activities after he retired from the U. of Chicago that I should know about.
But I apologize for this extra burden at a difficult time.
There remains only a small handful of us who can remember the excitement of the first discoveries 1937-1941 and I want to be able to inscribe my own testimony while that remains possible.
Yours sincerely,
Joshua Lederberg
P.S. I will be retiring as president here next year but will then have another 5 years again as professor.
S282
6/19/89 arr
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