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The Joshua Lederberg Papers

Interview with Joshua Lederberg [The Nobel Prize] transcript of audio
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2 minutes, 1 second
1996-03-22 (March 22, 1996)
Lederberg, Joshua
Hyde, Barbara
Joshua Lederberg interview. VHS Tape 1. Beta SP timecodes 02:27:29:00 - 02:29:30:00
Reproduced with permission of the American Society for Microbiology.
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Metadata Record [Transcript of Lederberg oral history videotaped by Barbara Hyde] (March 22, 1996) pdf (4,472,080 Bytes) ocr (121,340 Bytes)
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JOSHUA LEDERBERG: Oh, I was totally oblivious to the Prize. I knew about Nobel Prizes and I thought wonderful people had gotten this accomplishment. I thought of it then as being something that might grace the end of your career and had given it absolutely no thought and would have thought it preposterous that I was even being considered for it. This was not modesty -- I felt my work was potentially as important that as some other prize winners, but I thought I was very young, and I thought there was plenty of time to let that work out, so I was quite astonished when that came about.
I had somewhat ambivalent feelings about the prize altogether, as I have a very deep sense of how science is so reticulated and to pick out any one individual or any one contribution, one has to be very very careful that you are really doing justice to the whole network of knowledge and science in which that's embedded. Now, in fact, I guess my own work was more singular than that of many others in that regard, that is, I think it was no doubt about the...I wasn't being crowded by competition, on the contrary, I had the job selling the case about my findings and so forth. But the basic issue was that of timeliness and I was really quite astonished when the news came...when the phone call came. I didn't believe it, I thought it was a practical joke. But it eventuated it was so and I was deeply honored by being able to be on the podium with my mentors would be Lynn Tatum that had...sort of founded the field which I had come up.
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