Letter from William S. Sly to Marshall W. Nirenberg
Sly, chairman of the Department of Biochemistry at St. Louis University Medical Center and a former postdoctoral student in
Nirenberg's laboratory, thanks Nirenberg for the opportunity he provided to him. Having recently attended a symposium
in Nirenberg's honor where another great scientist and former Nirenberg postdoc, Phil Leder, also attended, Sly writes,
"I will always be grateful to you for that opportunity to work in your laboratory, to learn a new direction, and a new
way of thinking about problems."
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1987-04-18 (April 18, 1987)
Sly, William S.
Nirenberg, Marshall W.
Reproduced with permission of William S. Sly.
Beyond the Laboratory: Professional, Personal, and Political Life, 1967-2002
April 18, 1987
I'm really grateful to Sidney for inviting me to attend and to participate in the symposium in your honor at Rutgers.
It was wonderful joining with all of those whose lives you've influenced so much in this opportunity to pause, share some
science, and say thanks. Phil Leder probably expressed the sense of appreciation that we all feel toward you better than
any of us in his statements at the banquet. Although I spent less time in your laboratory than most of the other people there,
I can honestly say that it was an extremely influential part of my development. I will always be grateful to you for that
opportunity to work in your laboratory, to learn a new direction, and a new way of thinking about problems.
I've been at St. Louis University long enough to have most of the renovations complete. I hope we can find a time in
the next year or two when you can visit and give a seminar.