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The Oswald T. Avery Collection

Title:
Letter from Joshua Lederberg to Marion Himes pdf (51,134 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Joshua Lederberg to Marion Himes
Description:
In the early 1970s, Lederberg worked diligently to dispel what he believed was the "myth" that Avery's work on the "transforming principle" was not widely appreciated by scientists when it first appeared in the mid-1940s. In this letter, Avery asked Himes how Avery was perceived at Columbia in 1944-45.
Item is a photocopy.
Number of Image Pages:
1 (51,134 Bytes)
Date:
1972-09-14 (September 14, 1972)
Creator:
Lederberg, Joshua
Recipient:
Himes, Marion
Rights:
This item is in the public domain. It may be used without permission.
Subject:
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
Recombination, Genetic
History of Medicine
Exhibit Category:
After the Discovery: The Transforming Principle's Reception by the Scientific Community
Relation:
Metadata Record Letter from Marion Himes to Joshua Lederberg (September 21, 1972) pdf (59,093 Bytes) transcript of pdf
/ps/access/CCAAJK.pdf
Box Number: 5
Folder Number: 2
Unique Identifier:
CCAAJJ
Document Type:
Letters (correspondence)
Language:
English
Format:
application/pdf
image/tif
Physical Condition:
Good
Series: Commentary on Avery and His Work, 1944-2005
SubSeries: Inquiries on Avery
Folder: Lederberg Inquiries, 1962, 1972-1978
Transcript:
Sep 14 1972
Dear Marion
I was looking over some very old notes in connection with the history of genetic recombination in bacteria; and I was reminded that you had introduced me to Woodger and axiomatic thinking in biology. That path has still to be cultivated in a useful way; but there are still relics of that way of thinking in some of my current work, which conceivably might still interest you.
If you have any further thoughts or recollections about the perception of Avery at Columbia in 1944-5, I would be most interested to have them for an expansion of the letter to Nature.
Best wishes,
Joshua Lederberg
Dear Dave - Perkins
Can you recall anything of how "Avery" was communicated to the zoology Dept. in 1943-45?
Josh.
Metadata Last Modified Date:
2008-08-28
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