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Peter Vogt, 2012-02-23

 Item — Box: AV04, miniDV: CSHL1187
Oral History | Peter Vogt
Oral History | Peter Vogt

Scope and Contents

From the Collection:

The Oral History Collection contains interviews conducted with 200 scientists within the fields of molecular biology, genetics, and the life sciences between 1990 and 2018. The interviewees provide first-hand accounts of their experiences in the fields of modern biology, such as neuroscience, cancer, genetics, plant genetics, genomics, biotechnology and others, from the 1940s through the 2000s. The collection contains audio and video recordings, as well as transcripts of interviews.

The interviews offer a glimpse into the life of prominent scientists. The interviews discuss scientists' early school days and beginning interests in science to what or who made them choose to go into science. They also include reminiscences about their research and major discoveries, experiences of women in science, the character and life of leading scientists like Barbara McClintock and James D. Watson, the history of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, the nature of the double-helix discovery, the ethics of the Human Genome Project and biotechnology.

Many scientists interviewed for this project have either carried out their research or attended scientific meetings at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Their recollections document not only the history of molecular biology and genetics the but also the laboratory's role in this history. The collection comprises of Hi8 8mm tapes; mini-DV; DVCAM and VHS audio cassette tapes. Most of the interviews from this collection have been transcribed. Interviews which have been digitized can be found at the Oral History Collection page.

The collection is organized into two series: Talking Science Interviews and Presentations. Talking Science Interviews consist of individual scientists, while the Presentations series include clips of oral history interviews that were used for a specific meeting or event.

From the Collection:

From the Collection:
  1. Talking Science Interviews, 1990-2017
  2. Presentations, 2016-2019


  • Creation: 2012-02-23


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

Dr. Peter Vogt, M.D., Ph.D., served as Member of Scientific Advisory Board of Onconova Therapeutics, Inc. Dr. Vogt currently holds the position of Professor in the Department of Molecular Medicine at the Scripps Institute in La Jolla, CA. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a Lasker Award winner. His fundamental studies on oncogenic avian retroviruses led to the identification of oncogenes in human cells. Dr. Vogt is the editor-in-chief of Virology, a scientific journal. Vogt has won many awards; recently he has won the Pezcoller Foundation-AACR International Award for Cancer Research (2013), IHV Lifetime Achievement Award for Scientific Contributions (2016), and the Prize for Scientific Excellence in Medicine, American Italian Cancer Foundation (2017).

Dr. Peter Vogt intends to continue his work at the Scripps Research Institute. He is currently working to generate small molecule inhibitors that interfere with the spread of cancer as a new therapeutic approach.


1 Cassettes (Camcorder footage) : MiniDV - CSHL1187

1 Optical Disks (Talking science with Peter Vogt) : DVD

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English


Peter Vogt discusses the following in his interview: LIFE IN SCIENCE: Becoming a Scientist.

GENOME RESEARCH: Competition in Science; The Human Genome Project and Cancer Research.

JAMES D. WATSON: James D. Watson; Mentors in Science.

CSHL: On Ambition; Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Meetings; Joe Sambrook; Oncogenes and Harry Rubin's Laboratory; On Painting; On Reading; On The Double Helix; Cancer Research in the 1970s; Other Scientist in the Field of Retroviruse; Retroviruses; The Future of Oncogenes and Cancer Research.

Repository Details

Part of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Archives Repository

Library & Archives
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
One Bungtown Rd
Cold Spring Harbor NY 11724 USA