Recorded: 04 Jun 2001
Well, that was Sturtevant, a student of Morgan’s. He was in the room next door, this is Mrs. Morgan’s, this used to be her room. At the time we were about two or three graduate students, Novitsky and Dwight Miller (who should still be around in Nebraska) I believe was a little bit ahead of me… I guess that was about it, and there was a Klaus Menzel [??] that was typical.
I used to see Sturtevant daily; we would go in and out of our offices daily. You could walk in, the doors are always open here, unlike a lot of places where there [are] professors. Listening to him, he had a fabulous memory. I’ve written a lot about him. Do you know about that?…
Stories that keep coming back. I put some of them in the article that I remembered.
Edward B. Lewis (1918-2004) was a renowned leader in genetics and Drosophila development research. He received his Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology in 1942. He served as captain of the United States Army Air Force from 1942-1945 as a meteorologist and an oceanographer in the Pacific Theatre. In 1946, he joined the Caltech faculty and was appointed Professor of Biology in 1956, earning a Thomas Hunt Morgan Professorship in 1966. In 1995, Lewis won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine “for discoveries concerning the genetic control of early embryonic development” along with Christiane Nusslein-Volhard and Eric Wieschaus. Lewis is also a recipient of the Thomas Hunt Morgan Medal (1983), the Gairdner Foundation International award (1987), the Wolf Foundation prize in medicine (1989), the Rosenstiel award (1990) and the National Medal of Science (1990).