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Country life


Moving to Cambridge, Massachusetts
Ernst Mayr Scientist
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I shifted my residence from Tenafly, New Jersey to Cambridge, Massachusetts. At first, having lived in a house for 17 years, my wife and I thought, well, it might be quite interesting for a change to live in an apartment, and so we did for six years, shifting once in that period. And we discovered all sorts of problems, like we thought that now the landlord will take care of all the problems with… plumbing and electricity and heat and whatnot, but the landlords were not doing that. So we finally said we might as well have our own house, then we can take care of these things. So we acquired a house at 11 Chancery Street in 1959 and we lived there for… I lived there for 38 years and I moved from there to Bedford to the… garden… village, only on the 25th of August this year, 1997.

The late German-American biologist Ernst Mayr (1904-2005) was a leading light in the field of evolutionary biology, gaining a PhD at the age of 21. He was also a tropical explorer and ornithologist who undertook an expedition to New Guinea and collected several thousand bird skins. In 1931 he accepted a curatorial position at the American Museum of Natural History. During his time at the museum, aged 37, he published his seminal work 'Systematics and Origin of the Species' which integrated the theories of Darwin and Mendel and is considered one of his greatest works.

Listeners: Walter J. Bock

Walter J. Bock is Professor of Evolutionary Biology at Columbia University. He received his B.Sc. from Cornell and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard. His research lies in the areas of organismal and evolutionary biology, with a special emphasis on functional and evolutionary morphology of the skeleto-muscular system, specifically the feeding apparatus of birds.

Tags: Tenafly, New Jersey, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Bedford, 25-08-1997, 1959, Chancery Street, New Bedford

Duration: 1 minute, 8 seconds

Date story recorded: October 1997

Date story went live: 24 January 2008