Letter from Salvador E. Luria to colleagues regarding Cold Spring Harbor
In this letter to several colleagues, Luria suggested the formation of an ad hoc advisory committee to define the goals and
direction of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory on the occasion of Milislav Demerec's retirement as director of the laboratory,
a position he held since 1941.
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1959-03-06 (March 6, 1959)
Luria, Salvador E.
Beadle, George W.
Caspari, Ernst W.
Dunn, L. C.
Giles, Norman H.
Glass, H. Bentley
Muller, H. J.
Rhoades, Marcus M.
Sonneborn, Tracy M.
Original Repository: American Philosophical Society. Library. Salvador Luria Papers
Reproduced with permission of Daniel D. Luria.
Reproduced with permission of the American Philosophical Society.
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Letter from Salvador E. Luria to colleagues at Cold Spring Harbor (March 19, 1959)
The purpose of this letter is to raise some questions about the future of Cold Spring Harbor as a center of genetics. It
is likely that a decision will soon be made as to Demerec's successor at Carnegie; this will, of course, affect the Biological
Laboratory as well.
Clearly, this decision is a very serious one. Demerec's administration has been so successful that a preservation of
the present standards becomes a major concern for all geneticists. However, my impression is that neither Demerec, nor his
present staff, nor any representative group of geneticists has been asked to define goals and criteria for the selection of
a Director for Carnegie. It seems likely that the choice rests exclusively in Haskins' hands.
However awkward it is to butt into the affairs of another Institution, I wonder whether we, who have all been associated more
or less closely at various times with Cold Spring Harbor's activities, are not entitled to express to Haskins the concern
of geneticists in this matter. One possible suggestion may be the appointment of an ad hoc advisory committee.
Could you let me know rather promptly (say by the fifteenth) (a) whether you feel that any steps are indicated; (b) if so,
which steps you suggest; and (c) whether, if no better suggestions are made, you would in principle be willing to sign a letter
to Haskins expressing our concern and suggesting that he calls together some sort of advisory group.
In replying, please note my present address (which will be permanent after September 1, 1959).