Shortly after receiving her MD from the University of Toronto, Dr. Hegyeli was invited to Albert Szent-Gyorgyi's laboratory
in Woods Hole. As Szent-Gyorgyi's research associate from 1963 to 1965, she established and operated a tissue culture
lab for his Institute for Muscle Research. Following this, Dr. Hegyeli became principal investigator for several cancer research
projects at the Battelle Memorial Institute in Columbus, Ohio. In 1969 she joined the National Institutes of Health as a research
scientist. She is currently Associate Director for International Programs at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
In this interview, Dr. Hegyeli describes the circumstances under which she came to Szent-Gyorgyi's lab at Woods Hole,
and the challenge of designing and building a tissue culture lab there. She reviews Szent-Gyorgyi's style as a researcher
and as head of his own lab, and illustrates her description with numerous anecdotes. Finally, Dr. Hegyeli offers an assessment
of Szent-Gyorgyi's contributions to her own career as well as to the larger fields of science and medicine.
NOTE: An index to the transcript is located on pages 32-33.
NOTE: This interview is part of a series of NLM oral histories conducted with colleagues and friends of Albert Szent-Gyorgyi
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2004-11-15 (November 15, 2004)
Johnsson Hegyeli, Ruth
Interviewer: Kinnane, Adrian
History Associates Incorporated
Reproduced with permission of Ruth Johnsson Hegyeli.
The National Foundation for Cancer Research, 1973-1986