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Science as Autobiography: The Troubled Life of Niels Jern

Thomas Soderqvist


This biography probes the unusual mind, the dramatic life, and the outstanding scientific work of Danish-born immunologist Niels Jerne. Jerne's Nobel Prize-winning achievements in the field of immunology place him in the pantheon of great twentieth-century biomedical theorists, yet his life is perhaps even more interesting than his science. A legendary figure who preferred an afternoon of conversation in a Paris wine bar to work in the laboratory, Jerne was renowned for his unparalleled powers of concentration and analytical keenness as well as his dissonant personal life. The book explores Je ... More

Keywords: Niels Jerne, immunology, biomedicine, concentration, analysis, personal life, moral issues, family

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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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Thomas Soderqvist, author

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