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The Oswald T. Avery Collection

Title:
Letter from Joshua Lederberg to Seymour S. Cohen pdf (113,123 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Joshua Lederberg to Seymour S. Cohen
Description:
This note to Cohen is attached to what appears to be a page from a manuscript Cohen penned. In the note, Lederberg presented several comments on Cohen's text and puts forward the idea that Wendell Stanley's criticism of Avery likely kept the Nobel Committee from appropriately recognizing him.
Item is handwritten. Item is a photocopy.
Number of Image Pages:
1 (113,123 Bytes)
Date:
1986-12-29 (December 29, 1986)
Creator:
Lederberg, Joshua
Recipient:
Cohen, Seymour S.
Rights:
This item is in the public domain. It may be used without permission.
Subject:
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
History of Medicine
Transformation, Genetic
Exhibit Category:
After the Discovery: The Transforming Principle's Reception by the Scientific Community
Box Number: 4
Folder Number: 7
Unique Identifier:
CCAAHI
Document Type:
Letters (correspondence)
Language:
English
Format:
application/pdf
image/tif
Physical Condition:
Good
Series: Commentary on Avery and His Work, 1944-2005
SubSeries: Chronological
Folder: 1969-1974
Transcript:
December 29 1986
PSB draft. . .Stanley etc.
Dear Seymour,
I have no comments now, except thanks: if more come to mind I'll write again. In my limited encounters with Stanley, I never thought he had much of an intuition for the biological or genetic. Perhaps that's why he was undaunted by the idea of "crystalizing life."
In like vein, as he later admitted, he was very critical of Avery and doubtless played a critical role in Avery not being recognized by the Nobel Prize Committee. (nor CA Knight!)
JL
P.S. I just went to my bookshelf to look up WMS's Nobel lecture in David Baltimore's compendium on the Prizes in Mol. Biol. Of course it's not included.
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2010-07-16
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