Title and Description Page
Family Background and Early Education 1
Parents' immigration from Israel to the United States. Early interest in science. Self-discipline in education. Attending Stuyvesant High School. Early experimentation. Reading and focusing on cytochemistry.
Post-High School Years 12
Graduating high school at age fifteen. Selecting Columbia University. Albert Einstein as a role model. Visit to Israel. Studying at the American Institute of Science Laboratory. Home experimentation.
College Years 34
Meeting Barbara McClintock. Advanced level courses. Joining the V-12 military program. Working with Francis Ryan on Neurospora. E. coli research.
Graduate Career 47
Working with Ed Tatum on Neurospora. Going to Yale University. Bacteria research. Marriage to Esther Zimmer. Pondering medical school. Summer at Woods Hole. Importance of scientific history in research. DNA research. Cold Spring Harbor conference.
University of Wisconsin 67
Interest in genetics. Decision to work at University instead of returning to medical school. Developing Genetics Department in the Agricultural School. Support from the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF). Work on salmonella. Norton Zinder, his first graduate student.
Scientific Career 77
Setting up laboratory. Media attention. Washington Post column. Commercial consulting with Bristol Laboratories. Summer at Berkeley. McCarthyism.
Final Thoughts 88
Funding. Continuing research. Citation indexing. Fulbright scholarship in Australia.