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Edward Lewis, 2001-06-04

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Oral History - Edward Lewis
Oral History - Edward Lewis

Scope and Contents

Edward Lewis, Nobel prize winning geneticist, is interviewed by Mila Pollock on June 24, 2001, at California Institute of Technology, in Pasadena, California.

Scene 1. Childhood -- Scene 2. Morgan's laboratory at Columbia University -- Scene 3. Teaching -- Scene 4. Differences in the field of molecular biology over time -- Scene 5. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory -- Scene 6. Barbara McClintock -- Scene 7. Barbara McClintock: Women in science - Nobel Prize -- Scene 8. Summers at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory -- Scene 9. Jim Watson -- Scene 10. Watson and the double helix -- Scene 11. Max Delbrück -- Scene 12. Cold Spring Harbor Symposia on Quantitative Biology -- Scene 13. Scientific life and mind -- Scene 14. Edward Lewis: fifty years in science -- Scene 15. A typical day -- Scene 16. Thoughts about politics and science -- Scene 17. Other areas of interest -- Scene 18. Receiving the Nobel Prize -- Scene 19. Advice for young scientists.


  • 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

Edward B. Lewis (May 20, 1918-July 21, 2004) was a renowned leader in genetics and Drosophila development research. He received his Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology in 1942. He served as captain of the United States Army Air Force from 1942-1945 as a meteorologist and an oceanographer in the Pacific Theatre. In 1946, he joined the Caltech faculty and was appointed Professor of Biology in 1956, earning a Thomas Hunt Morgan Professorship in 1966. In 1995, Lewis won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine “for discoveries concerning the genetic control of early embryonic development” along with Christiane Nusslein-Volhard and Eric Wieschaus. Lewis is also a recipient of the Thomas Hunt Morgan Medal (1983), the Gairdner Foundation International award (1987), the Wolf Foundation prize in medicine (1989), the Rosenstiel award (1990) and the National Medal of Science (1990).


3 Cassettes (Camcorder footage.) : Hi-8 - CSHL1273, CSHL1274, CSHL1275 ; 46 mins.

1 Cassettes (Edited by Herb) : MiniDV - CSHL1095

1 Optical Disks (Talking science with Edward Lewis.) : DVD ; 43 min.

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English