Synopses & Reviews
"Jonas Salk's passion to create a palace of scientific splendor was as strong as his passion to cure polio. In Genesis of the Salk Institute
, Suzanne Bourgeois reveals the inside scoop on how Salk achieved the impossibleand#151;by enticing famous scientists (Crick, Monod, Dulbecco) and orchestrating a menage a trois
involving a renowned architect (Louis Kahn), the city of San Diego (a gift of ocean-view land in La Jolla), and the March of Dimes (lots of vanishing money)."and#151;Joseph L. Goldstein, MD, Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine, 1985
"The story of the founding of the Salk Institute is a fascinating tale, not without a good measure of intrigue. Indeed, it has all the qualities of a modern scientific melodrama: chance and the weight of circumstance, powerful personalities and the clashing of egos, the tension between personal priorities and national imperatives, Nobel laureates galoreand#151;itand#8217;s all here. Suzanne Bourgeois, a fellow of the institute from the time of its founding, has produced a splendid, meticulously researched book that should be read by anyone interested in biomedical research or the history of science and medicine."and#151;Russell Doolittle, University of California San Diego
"[Bourgeois's] love and loyalty are well-placed, and I recommend this book enthusiastically."
andquot;Rich, immaculately researched.andquot;
This work is a personal account of the origins and early years of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. Bourgeois crafts an engaging study that draws on her involvement with the Institute and on related archives, interviews, and informal conversations.
The volume discusses the people who founded the Institute and built a home for renowned researchand#151;leading scientists of the time as well as non-scientists of stature in finance, politics, philanthropy, publishing, and the humanities. The events that brought people together, the historic backdrop in which they worked, their personalities, their courage and their visions, their clash of egos and their personal vanities are woven together in a rich, engaging narrative about the founding of a world-premier research institution.
About the Author
Suzanne Bourgeois is Professor Emerita and Founding Director of the Regulatory Biology Laboratory at the Salk Institute. She has published widely on gene regulation in numerous scientific journals.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Roger Guillemin
Preface and Acknowledgments
Prologue: The Greatest Generation
1. Before and after Ann Arbor
2. Doctor Polio Meets Doctor Atomic
3. Enter Leo Szilard
4. Atoms in Biology
5. What Was It about La Jolla?
6. The Pasteur Connection
7. The Spirit of Paris
8. Our Dear Kahn Building
10. The McCloy Boys
11. Biology in Human Affairsand#160;
12. A Napoleon from Byzantium
Epilogue: Fifty Years Later