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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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What Was It about La Jolla?

What Was It about La Jolla?

(p.54) Chapter 5 What Was It about La Jolla?
Genesis of the Salk Institute

Suzanne Bourgeois

University of California Press

In 1959, looking for a West Coast location for his institute, Salk first contemplated the Stanford campus in Palo Alto. At the same time, Szilard inquired whether Salk would consider locating his institute in La Jolla, a suburb of San Diego. On the invitation of Roger Revelle, the director of the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, Salk visited La Jolla and was impressed. Spectacular land that had been leased to the military by the city of San Diego during WWII had become available. The city had given land to build General Atomic and to develop the campus of the new University of California, San Diego (UCSD). San Diego mayor Charles Dail, a polio survivor, helped Jonas Salk acquire a stunning free lot.

Keywords:   Stanford, Palo Alto, La Jolla, San Diego, Roger Revelle, UCSD, Scripps, General Atomic

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