Dr. Ralph Moss is a science writer who has spent more than twenty years investigating and writing about cancer issues, with
a special emphasis on alternative cancer treatments. In 1984 he completed a documentary film titled "A Special Gift"
about Albert Szent-Gyorgyi's work, and in 1988 he published a full-length biography of Szent-Gyorgyi, "Free Radical:
Albert Szent-Gyorgyi and the Battle over Vitamin C."
In this interview, Dr. Moss recounts the circumstances of his first meeting with Szent-Gyorgyi in 1980, which stemmed from
their shared interest in cancer research. As Szent-Gyorgyi's biographer, Dr. Moss traveled to locations in Europe and
the United States to interview his subject's relatives and colleagues. This interview recapitulates Dr. Moss's unfolding
insights into Szent-Gyorgyi's life and work, including some of the controversies surrounding the discovery of vitamin
C. Dr. Moss also describes his own and Szent-Gyorgyi's involvement with the National Foundation for Cancer Research as
well as Szent-Gyorgyi's novel approach to research. Finally, Dr. Moss offers an assessment of Szent-Gyorgyi's contributions
not only to cancer research but also to biological science.
NOTE: An index to the transcript is located on pages 30-31.
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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2004-11-04 (November 4, 2004)
Interviewer: Kinnane, Adrian
History Associates Incorporated
Reproduced with permission of Ralph Moss.
The National Foundation for Cancer Research, 1973-1986