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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 Wanted to Study Something That Couldn't Be Used”

“I Wanted to Study Something That Couldn't Be Used”

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Science as Autobiography

Thomas Söderqvist

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on the time when Niels Jerne had been working at Elders & Fyffes for more than three years. He got along well with his colleagues and had received a promotion. Looking back, he “felt very happy there”; it was “full of charm.” At nineteen, however, he was far from thinking the work had any future. He had ended up “in bananas” because Papa had been skeptical of the value of academic studies and would rather have his youngest son make a career of business, like his elder brother, Thomas. Now, Niels saw before him a life in which one directorship followed another until he ended up as “continental manager” or something else “very, very high up.” Looking back some fifteen years later he remembered feeling as though his whole life had been laid out before him, a life as “a series of flattering promotions.” .

Keywords:   Niels Jerne, promotion, Elders & Fyffes, academic studies, business, continental manager

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