Michael Morgan on Meeting Jim Watson
  Michael Morgan     Biography    
Recorded: 08 May 2008

Ah, well, I’m trying to remember - Jim and I went out to lunch yesterday. I’m trying to remember –it’s probably around 25 years that we’ve been friends. I’ll put it like that. I mean we’ve never worked together as colleagues or anything like that which is more true than many other people you’ve interviewed, I’m sure. And I’m not a card carrying genomics or genetics person. I’m a simple biochemist by trade. I actually did come to Cold Spring Harbor around about the time that Jim came to Cold Spring Harbor, I realized. Well, at his party yesterday he said forty years so that’s ’68. And I came in ’70 the first time when I was a postdoc with Philip Marcus, who was a Professor of Virology at the University of Connecticut where I was doing my postdoc work, not with Phil. I was a lab assistant I guess it is what you would call it at the animal virus course. So that’s how I came, I don’t know, to spend six weeks probably here. And I certainly met or saw in the distance Jim and his very beautiful young wife, of course at the time who was attracting attention wherever she went- I think it’s fair to say – amongst the youngsters. I guess it’s probably true I didn’t really then have anything serious to do with Jim until – ah, gosh - it must have been when the Trust started to get involved in genetics.

Michael Morgan, currently professor emeritus of biology, specialized in plant ecology and bioclimatology. He earned his BA from Butler University, MS and Ph.D form University of Illinois. He received the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Founders's Association Award for Excellence in Teaching and Sabbatical during the 1991-92 academic year with the Conservation Research Group, School of Forestry, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Michael Morgan is a member of American Association for the Advancement of Science, Ecological Society of America, American Institute of Biological Sciences, Society for Conservation Biology and Natural Areas Association.

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