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.
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1986-12-29 (December 29, 1986)
Cohen, Seymour S.
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After the Discovery: The Transforming Principle's Reception by the Scientific Community
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!)
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.