Recorded: 23 Jun 2000
Well this is very difficult, you can not name Jim Watson, I don’t think he liked Barbara McClintock too much, I mean he treated her very nicely. Scientifically, probably Alfred Hershey, I would say. I can tell you whom he didn’t like, there was Salvador Luria, I mean there was the famous Delbruck-Luria, but he didn’t like Luria. Because he thought Luria was a show-off. Luria was talking too much politics and teaching everybody about left-wing politics. Max didn’t like that at all. But Hershey he admired, Hershey he admired the way he was thinking before he started to talk. Max once said to me, when you are in a meeting or in a group discussion, just wait till Alfred Hershey tells you at the end what it is all about. So Hershey was be sitting there watching listening, and then he would say one sentence and that was the crucial important sentence of the day and Max loved to wait for that.
Ernst Peter Fischer, Professor of the History of Science at the University of Constance since 1994. He studied mathematics and physics in Cologne and biology at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. He earned Ph.D. in biology and qualified as a professor in the history of science.
He has published biographies of Max Delbrück, Niels Bohr, Wolfgang Pauli and James D. Watson and received several awards for his scientific publications. Fischer is an author of such books as "Die andere Bildung", "Selling science - The history of Boehringer Mannheim" and "Das Genom" - an introduction into modern genome research.
He has been honoured with the Heinrich-Bechold-Medaille (1980), Preis der wissenschaftlichen Gesellschaft Freiburg (1981); Lorenz-Oken-Medaille (2002), Treviranus-Medaille (2003) and Eduard-Rhein-Kulturpreis (2003).