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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 Spirit of Paris

The Spirit of Paris

(p.91) Chapter 7 The Spirit of Paris
Genesis of the Salk Institute

Suzanne Bourgeois

University of California Press

In 1960, after the gift of land, the institute was incorporated but had no buildings, faculty, or board. Salk traveled to Europe to meet Francis Crick and Jacob Bronowski, among others. The background and war experiences of Crick and Bronowski are summarized. In fall 1961, Cohn and Lennox arrived on sabbatical at the Pasteur Institute in Paris, where Salk visited them. Together, Salk, Monod, Crick, Lennox, Cohn, and Bronowski defined the structure, organization, and spirit of the future institute. Soon a board was established, with Warren Weaver, the godfather of molecular biology, as chairman. Weaver’s background and achievements are reviewed. This nucleus of faculty fellows agreed to offer additional appointments, in particular to Leo Szilard and Renato Dulbecco.

Keywords:   Jacques Monod, Francis Crick, Jacob Bronowski, Warren Weaver, Renato Dulbecco

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