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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 Pasteur Connection

The Pasteur Connection

(p.71) Chapter 6 The Pasteur Connection
Genesis of the Salk Institute

Suzanne Bourgeois

University of California Press

In 1946, after the South Pacific campaign and time in Hiroshima, Melvin Cohn became a graduate student of Pappenheimer at New York University; later he became a postdoctoral fellow of Jacques Monod’s at the Pasteur Institute. In 1954, after five years in Paris, Cohn took a faculty position at Washington University in Saint Louis. The Midwest had an active network of molecular geneticists, including Szilard. Cohn met Edwin Lennox on a visit to Urbana. The background and war experiences of Lennox, including his time in Los Alamos, are recounted. Cohn had moved to Stanford by the time of Salk’s visit in 1959. He heard about Salk’s plan for a molecular biology institute. Cohn and Lennox were tempted by faculty positions at the future institute.

Keywords:   Jacques Monod, Pasteur Institute, Alwin Pappenheimer, NYU, Melvin Cohn, Hiroshima, Washington University, Edwin Lennox, Los Alamos

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