Fifty Years Later
The epilogue briefly summarizes the major changes that have occurred at the institute in the fifty years of its existence. The staff has reached twice the size planned by Salk, and the fellows and members are now called “professors.” The nonresident fellows now spend little time in La Jolla. Origins of life, history of science, and biology in human affairs are forgotten, as the institute has become a specialized biomedical research institute. Today, an elected academic council participates in academic decisions, and the board, chaired by Irwin Jacobs, is generous and powerful. An Office of Technology Development organizes patenting of scientific discoveries, as the NIH discourages basic research. The Kahn building is a historic landmark and a reminder of Jonas Salk’s dream.
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