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Science as AutobiographyThe Troubled Life of Niels Jern$
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Thomas Soderqvist

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780300094411

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300094411.001.0001

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“I Have Never in My Life Felt I Belonged in the Place Where I Lived”

“I Have Never in My Life Felt I Belonged in the Place Where I Lived”

(p.3) 1 “I Have Never in My Life Felt I Belonged in the Place Where I Lived”
Science as Autobiography

Thomas Söderqvist

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses Niels Jerne's intention to write an autobiography. He came close to doing so in 1985, six months after receiving the Nobel Prize. The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation wanted to include him in a series of current outstanding scientists, a project for which he would be well paid. Nevertheless, Jerne hesitated. He was not sure, he wrote, whether it made sense to write an autobiography at a time when there were so many scientists. In particular he wondered where to begin: “The point of my story is that, quadrilingual by…education and steeped in fantasies about randomness and diversity, I came face to face with immunology when I was forty years old and found that she needed a new look.” .

Keywords:   Niels Jerne, autobiography, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, scientists, randomness, diversity, immunology

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