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Genesis of the Salk Institute: The Epic of Its Founders

Suzanne Bourgeois


This book chronicles the creation and early history of the Salk Institute, a private biomedical sciences research institute in La Jolla, CA. It covers about twenty years, from 1955, the year of the successful development of the polio vaccine by Jonas Salk, to the mid-1970s. It recounts how, with the support of the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis (the March of Dimes) and a gift of land from the city of San Diego, Salk founded a pioneering institute of molecular biology. He attracted a stellar faculty and a remarkable architect, Louis Kahn. The background and war experiences of the f ... More

Keywords: history, biomedical, sciences, research, Salk Institute, polio, vaccines, Louis Kahn

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780520276079
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520276079.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Suzanne Bourgeois, author