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Donald Caspar, 2001-01-01 - 2001-06-04

 Item — Multiple Containers
Oral History | Donald Caspar
Oral History | Donald Caspar

Scope and Contents

Donald Caspar discusses the following in his interview: LIFE IN SCIENCE: Working at Caltech, Rosalind Franklin.

JAMES D. WATSON: Time Spent at Harvard, Jim Watson, Jim Watson as a Young Man, Jim Watson on Rosalind Franklin, Jim Watson, Public Figure, Jim Watson’s Personal Recollections, Working with Jim Watson, Jim Watson, After Caltech, Jim Watson, Writer: Genes, Girls, and Gamow, Jim Watson, Writer: The Double Helix, Jim Watson, Writer: The Molecular Biology of the Gene.

CSHL: Photographs of History, CSHL Symposia.


  • Creation: 2001-01-01 - 2001-06-04


Conditions Governing Access

Portions of this collection have been digitized and are available online: Select tapes have been digitized thanks to support from CLIR Recordings at Risk Grant awarded in 2021, these tapes are available for research online via our Oral History Website and in person at CSHL Archives. Please contact CSHL Archives with any questions regarding availability.

Biographical / Historical

Donald Caspar, structural biologist and crystallographer, is a professor emeritus of Biological Sciences at the Institute of Molecular Biophysics at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida and is also a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

Born on January 8, 1927, he received his B.A. in Physics from Cornell University in 1950, and his his Ph.D. in Biophysics from Yale University in 1955. Caspar is interested in protein adaptability, virus assembly, protein plasticity and x-ray diffraction. He currently researches the mechanics of protein movements by executing structural studies.

He has attended many symposia at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, starting in 1961, and worked with Watson at Caltech and Harvard. He is a member of the National Academy of Science. Dr. Casper is a long-time friend and colleague of Dr. James D. Watson as well as many of the early pioneers in molecular biology, including Dr. Rosalind Franklin.


2 Cassettes (Camcorder footage) : Hi-8 - CSHL1235, CSHL1236

1 Cassettes (Working copy) : VHS: CASPER_DONALD_ND_01 (Tape 2031_Donald Casper) [1:16:28] edited interview

1 Optical Disks (Talking Science with Donald Caspar) : DVD

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English


Interview recorded on Hi-8, then transferred to VHS and DVD. VHS digitized in 2021 by CLIR RAR Grant.

Repository Details

Part of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Archives Repository

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