Recorded: 10 Jun 2002
Well, it will survive as long as it doesn’t turn into that other institution which I call “Hot Air Harbor.” If it stays Cold Spring, it doesn’t become Hot Air. I think it will survive you see. I personally feel that sort of getting a graduate school is becoming a little bourgeois, if you know what I mean. And I suddenly feel that it’s becoming a bit conventional. And that may just mean something. I think it was a great unconventional place, so I’m a bit depressed that they have a graduate school.
Sydney Brenner is a pioneer in the field of molecular biology. He was born in South Africa in 1927 and received his Ph.D. from Oxford University in 1954. From 1979 to 1986 he served as Director of the Medical Research Council Laboratory for Molecular Biology and from 1986 to 1991, as the Director of the Medical Research Council Laboratory Molecular Genetics Unit, both in Cambridge, England.
Since 1996 he has been the President and Director of Science at the Molecular Sciences Institute in La Jolla and Berkeley. Brenner was honored as a Distinguished Research Professor at the Salk Institute in La Jolla in 2000.
In 2002 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine with Dr. John Sulston and Dr. Robert Horvitz “for their discoveries concerning ‘genetic regulation of organ development and programmed cell death’” studying the organism C. elegans.