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James Dahlberg, 2001-06-04

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Oral History | Jim Dahlberg
Oral History | Jim Dahlberg

Scope and Contents

James Dahlberg, molecular geneticist and biomolecular chemist, is interviewed by Mila Pollock, on June 2, 2001, at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor, New York. James Dahlberg's interview discusses the following: LIFE IN SCIENCE: Career in Science; Postdoctorate Research: Working with Frederick Sanger and Richard Epstein; Dahlberg Laboratory Research: Nuclear Transport; Establishing a Laboratory at the University of Wisconsin—Madison; Ideas and Experiments Leading to the Discovery of Reverse Transcriptase.

JAMES D. WATSON: The Dahlbergs and Watsons: Family Friends; Meeting Jim Watson; Jim Watson, Writer: Molecular Biology of the Gene.

CSHL: Meeting on Tumor Virus; 1974 Cold Spring Harbor Symposium on Tumor Viruses: Collaboration with David Baltimore; Cold Spring Harbor Symposia: Changes over Time; Visits to Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory: CSH Symposia; Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory: The Future.


  • Creation: 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

Jim Dahlberg received his BA 1962, Haverford College, Pennsyvlania, and completed his PhD 1966, University of Chicago. Dr. Dahlberg was a Postdoctoral Fellow from 1966-68 in the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge under the supervision of two-times Nobelist, Dr. Frederick Sanger. He also did worked in the 1968-69, Universite de Geneve under Dr. Richard Epstein. Dr. Dahlberg is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, 1996, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiologists (1997) During his career he has been the recipient of many awards including Eli Lilly Award for Biological Chemistry, 1974; H.I. Romnes Faculty Research Fellowship, 1976; Philips Visitor, 1977; Josiah Macy, Jr. Faculty Scholar Award, 1979-80; Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1982; Frederick Sanger Professorship, 1991; American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1993; Fellow, U.W. Hilldale Professor, 1997; Buzzati-Traverso Award for Molecular Biology, Italian National Research Council, 1998; NIH Merit Award, 1998; European Molecular Biology Organization, Foreign Associate, 1998.


He is a frequent visitor to Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory as well as a speaker at many key Cold Spring Harbor Symposia on Quantitative Biology. He is currently Professor Emeritus of Biomolecular Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is also on the Board of Trustees at the Morgridge Institute for Research since 2009.


2 Cassettes (Camcorder footage) : Hi-8 - CSHL1237, CSHL1238

1 Optical Disks (Talking Science with James Dahlberg) : DVD ; 25 min

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English


Interview recorded on Hi-8, then transferred to DVD.

Repository Details

Part of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Archives Repository

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