Charles Gilbert on Memories of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
  Charles Gilbert     Biography    
Recorded: 08 Sep 1999

The people who I worked most immediately with were Ray Gesteland and Bob Crouch (??) who were in the laboratory in which I worked. And there were other people like Joe Sambrook; and of course Jim Watson was around quite a bit. So it was a very rich environment at that time. Barbara McClintock was here.

There were a lot of experiences that gave one contact with a lot of very famous scientists throughout. And one could also attend meetings and symposia as one was an URP during the summer.

There were even trivial things like I remember this one incident where in the laboratory where we were working some people needed to find a blender to do a particular preparation and they pulled this old stainless blender out of storage and discovered that it was the blender that was used in the very famous experience—the Hershey-Chase experiment. It should probably be put into a major museum someplace, but it was just gathering dust on the shelf somewhere.

Charles Gilbert is a Head of Laboratory of Neurobiology at Rockefeller University and Arthur and Janet Ross Professor of Neuroscience at The Rockefeller University. He earned his M.D. and Ph.D from Harvard University. In 1993 he joined Rockefeller University as assistant professor and head of laboratory. In 1985 he became associate professor and professor in 1991.

Gilbert's research focus on the brain mechanisms of visual perception and learning, including the specific role of the brain’s primary visual cortex in analyzing visual images and in processing visual memory.

He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Posit Science Corporation and member of the National Academy of Sciences, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has received the W. Alden Spencer Award from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.