Recorded: 04 Jun 2001
I think a lot of [the experience] was interacting with the people giving the talks for the summer. I was there on a number of occasions. One time I spent time with Leo Szilard. He was an interesting guy, trying to learn a little something about biology. The time he spent there was summer, and I don’t know which summer it was. He was a little annoyed that there was no place to eat at 2 in the morning. So he said, “Too bad we can’t go somewhere to eat.” There was one or two people there and this guy is all wound up. We gave up and went, didn’t get a chance to spend time together. Huntington was where you had to go and no one had cars.
It could have been ’51 or ’52.
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).