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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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Science as Autobiography

Thomas Söderqvist

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses fifty-year-old Niels Jerne's arrival in the United States to begin a new and unknown life. He was going to a country whose science he admired, though he scorned America in many other ways. Once again, he was assuming the role of foreigner in another culture. It is significant that the first person he wrote to after his arrival in Pittsburgh was another immigrant and foreigner, Gordon Sato, the young Japanese American he had met at Cal Tech, who had now established himself as a respected molecular biologist. Jerne was housed in one of the apartment complexes at the University of Pittsburgh, and in a few days was ready to take on his new assignment as head of the Department of Microbiology, one of the medical faculty's larger departments.

Keywords:   Niels Jerne, United States, University of Pittsburgh, Gordon Sato, Cal Tech, molecular biologist, Department of Microbiology

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