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Leó Szilárd


The annual phage meeting: Leó Szilárd
Sydney Brenner Scientist
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During that summer I had... I was going to go across to… I'd spent the summer in Cold Spring Harbor; I met up with Jim, and there was the annual phage meeting. And in fact Seymour was called away at that time because of the illness of one of his children, and I gave his paper at that meeting in which I discussed all the things. And of course I got a lot of… of flak from people for the simple reason no one understood what all of this was about. But that's where I also met Leó Szilárd, at the time, who… another remarkable man, who came to meetings; it used to be said with Leó that all you did is go to one place and wait there and sooner or later he would turn up. So I met him there and he was the first person that I'd met from this… from the more physics basis who had become interested in biology following the... following the war and we started to have many conversations.

South African Sydney Brenner (1927-2019) was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2002. His joint discovery of messenger RNA, and, in more recent years, his development of gene cloning, sequencing and manipulation techniques along with his work for the Human Genome Project have led to his standing as a pioneer in the field of genetics and molecular biology.

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Lewis Wolpert is Professor of Biology as Applied to Medicine in the Department of Anatomy and Developmental Biology of University College, London. His research interests are in the mechanisms involved in the development of the embryo. He was originally trained as a civil engineer in South Africa but changed to research in cell biology at King's College, London in 1955. He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1980 and awarded the CBE in 1990. He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1999. He has presented science on both radio and TV and for five years was Chairman of the Committee for the Public Understanding of Science.



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Tags: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Leó Szilárd, James Watson, Seymour Benzer

Duration: 1 minute, 25 seconds

Date story recorded: April-May 1994

Date story went live: 24 January 2008