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Genesis of the Salk InstituteThe Epic of Its Founders$
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Suzanne Bourgeois

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780520276079

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520276079.001.0001

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The McCloy Boys

The McCloy Boys

(p.143) Chapter 10 The McCloy Boys
Genesis of the Salk Institute

Suzanne Bourgeois

University of California Press

Joseph Slater, who had been on the team of John Jay McCloy, the US proconsul in Berlin during the Cold War and at the Ford Foundation, accepted the presidency of the Salk Institute. Incremental grants were approved, conditional to Slater remaining president for four years. The Salk Board appointed Robert Holley and Roger Guillemin as resident fellows, and junior member ranks were created, while John Hunt was appointed vice president. Slater, however, also accepted the presidency of the Aspen Institute and brought in Frederic de Hoffmann as chancellor. The generous grants were cancelled, creating another financial crisis that helped de Hoffmann attain the Salk Institute presidency in 1972. Meanwhile, Jonas married Françoise Gilot, a friend of John and Chantal Hunt.

Keywords:   Joseph Slater, John Jay McCloy, Berlin, Cold War, Ford Foundation, John Hunt, Robert Holley, Roger Guillemin, Aspen Institute, Françoise Gilot

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