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Hilary Koprowski appointed Director of the Wistar Institute


Financial security came with the Fellowship at Galveston
Leonard Hayflick Scientist
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After these really good years spent in Galveston, I had exhausted my stay there, because I had come there on a fellowship that provided me with a salary, and that fellowship I think was two years if I remember correctly. So my two years were about to be finished. The fellowship gave me an enormous salary at that time of I believe, 55 hundred dollars a year. It was enormous because as a fellowship, and in those days it was tax exempt, so the salary was really several thousand dollars more in respect to what it would have been if it was taxable. So it was a good salary, although I should say parenthetically that my wife who was an artist and had a very good job in Philadelphia before we left at an advertising agency, was making $10,000 when we left Philadelphia, so we actually had an income far less than what she was making. In any case that was sufficient for us to have... to start our family. We had two children while in Galveston.

Leonard Hayflick (b. 1928), the recipient of several research prizes and awards, including the 1991 Sandoz Prize for Gerontological Research, is known for his research in cell biology, virus vaccine development, and mycoplasmology. He also has studied the ageing process for more than thirty years. Hayflick is known for discovering that human cells divide for a limited number of times in vitro (refuting the contention by Alexis Carrel that normal body cells are immortal), which is known as the Hayflick limit, as well as developing the first normal human diploid cell strains for studies on human ageing and for research use throughout the world. He also made the first oral polio vaccine produced in a continuously propogated cell strain - work which contributed to significant virus vaccine development.

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Tags: Philadelphia

Duration: 1 minute, 28 seconds

Date story recorded: July 2011

Date story went live: 08 August 2012