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Winship Herr and Harry Noller, 2001-06-04

 Item — Box: AV06, Hi8: CSHL1255
Oral History - Winship Herr and Harry Noller
Oral History - Winship Herr and Harry Noller

Scope and Contents

Molecular biologists, Winship Herr and Harry Noller, are interviewed by Mila Pollock and Jan Witkowski on June 4, 2001, at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, in Cold Spring Harbor, New York.

Winship Herr and Harry Noller's interview discusses the following: Scene 1. Noller, Brenner, and ribosome research -- Scene 2. "Crazy Science" - Harry Noller in the laboratory -- Scene 3. Harry Noller and the ribosome -- Scene 4. New technologies to study the ribosome -- Scene 5. Noller as a teacher and mentor -- Scene 6. Teaching and science -- Scene 7. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and the Watson School of Biological Sciences -- Scene 8. Winship Herr as a student -- Scene 9. Personal research and public meetings -- Scene 10. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory 1973 Ribosome Meeting -- Scene 11. Jim Watson and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.


  • 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

Harry Noller is a molecular biologist, and Robert L. Sinsheimer Professor of Molecular Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and Director of the Center for Molecular Biology of RNA. Noller started studying enzyme mechanisms in Sid Bernhard’s lab as a graduate student. After receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Oregon, for protein chemistry research, he went on to the MRC Lab in Cambridge and then to study ribosomes under Alfred Tissieres. His laboratory focuses on uncovering the molecular structure and function of the ribosome, and understanding how the ribosome’s three dimensions enable translation. Noller’s research is aided by x-ray crystallography, molecular genetics and chemical probing methods. Harry Noller was mentor to Winship Herr, Dean of the Watson School of Biological Sciences. Noller is a regular attendee of the CSHL Ribosome Symposia. He was also elected to the National Academy of Sciences (1992).

Harry Noller, is best known for his work on on ribosomal RNA structure and function, currently the director of the University of California, Santa Cruz's Center for the Molecular Biology of RNA. He received his B.S. in biochemistry at the University of California, Berkeley and his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Oregon.

He received the Rosenstiel Award for Distinguished Work in Basic Medical Sciences together with Drs. Moore and Steitz for their research on the ribosome. Harry Noller has been awarded Paul Ehrlich and Ludwig Darmstaedter Prize granted by the Paul Ehrlich Foundation. He is a member of National Academy of Science, RNA Society and American Academy of Art and Science.

Winship Herr holds the position of Professor Emeritus of the Center for Integrative Genomics at the University of Lausanne as of 2018. He was director of the University of Lausanne School of Biology from 2009-2015 and member of EMBO. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of California in 1974 and Ph.D. for studies on recombinant retroviruses in leukemogenic mice with Walter Gilbert from Harvard University in 1982. He completed his postdoctoral research studies in Cambridge (England) with Frederick Sanger and with Joe Sambrook in Cold Spring Harbor. After that he joined the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory faculty in 1984. From 1994 till 2002 he was an assistant director of the Laboratory and founding dean of the Watson School of Biological Sciences from 1998 till 2004.

Winship Herr is a former National Science Foundation predoctoral fellow, Rita Allen Foundation Scholar, Helen Hay Whitney postdoctoral fellow, and Lita Annenberg Hazen Professor of Biological Sciences. More Information: UNIL


1 Cassettes (Camcorder footage) : Hi-8 - CSHL1255

1 VHS (Working copy) : VHS: Herr_Noller_2001_01 [1:00:28] unedited

1 Optical Disks (Talking Science with Winship Herr and Harry Noller) : DVD ; 52 min

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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