Get to know Alfred D. Hershey

Alfred Hearshey

Get to know Alfred D. Hershey, in the two new exhibitions about his life and science currently on view in the lobby of the new Hershey Building. Presented by the CSHL Library & Archives, the exhibition, Alfred Day Hershey, Nobel Prize Winner, 1908-1997, consists of two parts: his personal life and scientific career. Hershey’s personal life is illuminated through correspondence and photos (drawn from the CSHL Alfred Hershey Collection) of his family and close friends, and information about his many hobbies. Included are letters between Hershey and his wife, Jill Davidson, whom he met while visiting CSHL in 1945. The exhibition is also a celebration of Hershey’s scientific career featuring documents pertaining to his research on bacteriophage for which he shared the Nobel Prize in 1969 with Max Delbrück and Salvador Luria. Other documents and correspondence are included, as well.

A photographic history of the Hershey Building, 1906-2012, is also on display in the Hershey Building. The exhibit traces the transformation of the building from its earliest days as a greenhouse for plant geneticists, through its renovation as a research laboratory in the late 1970s, to its current rebuilding as a teaching laboratory for course attendees.