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Caught in Hurricane Carol with James Watson


Leó Szilárd
Sydney Brenner Scientist
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Leó Szilárd was at that meeting, and this is where I met him. I was very impressed by him that with every talk that was given that he didn't like, he would get up; leave the front row. He would stand by the door for a few seconds to give the speaker another chance, and if he didn't, as was usually the case, he would then leave. And quite often I would go out on the balcony at Cold Spring Harbor to talk to him there. I don't think we discussed many interesting things at that stage, but in later I got to know him much better and he will reappear in many… in many… on many occasions.

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.

Listeners: Lewis Wolpert

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

Duration: 48 seconds

Date story recorded: April-May 1994

Date story went live: 24 January 2008