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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'd Better Make Sure I Learn a Little about Immunology”

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Science as Autobiography

Thomas Söderqvist

Yale University Press

This chapter describes the time Niels Jerne took his sons to Italy in the summer of 1956. By their own account, the boys were immensely satisfied to have their father's undivided attention for a while. Their joy did not last long, however. In the middle of July, Jerne sent them back to Adda in Copenhagen, took the train to Geneva, and found a rented room in the center of the city. At the Palais des Nations he familiarized himself with the World Health Organization's multitudinous activities and its complicated system of public documents, reviewed arrangements for impending meetings, and prepared for his upcoming trip to Brazil. He was ready to begin a new career, ready to enjoy the sophisticated nightlife of the capital of international politics. Once again he had turned his back on his roots to live in a country and culture he barely knew. The future lay before him, undoubtedly filled with risks, but also with hopes and expectations.

Keywords:   Niels Jerne, Italy, Geneva, Palais des Nations, World Health Organization, Brazil

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