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Genesis of the Salk Institute

The Epic of Its Founders

Suzanne Bourgeois


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This work is a personal account of the origins and early years of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. Bourgeois crafts an engaging study that draws on her involvement with the Institute and on related archives, interviews, and informal conversations.

The volume discusses the people who founded the Institute and built a home for renowned research—leading scientists of the time as well as non-scientists of stature in finance, politics, philanthropy, publishing, and the humanities. The events that brought people together, the historic backdrop in which they worked, their personalities, their courage and their visions, their clash of egos and their personal vanities are woven together in a rich, engaging narrative about the founding of a world-premier research institution.

Praise For Genesis of the Salk Institute: The Epic of Its Founders

"[Bourgeois's] love and loyalty are well-placed, and I recommend this book enthusiastically."
— Russell F. Doolittle

"Bourgeois deftly describes the relevant science in an accessible way. . . . Genesis of the Salk Institute delves deeply into the human motivations and foibles of the great men and women who shaped the institute and how the groundwork was laid for an organization that continues to shape science today."
— Ilena George

"Rich, immaculately researched."
— Thomas Leslie

"A very well documented account... This important book should draw the attention of scholars to the valuable archival resources established by the Facilities Services team at the Salk Institute."
— Suzanne Bourgeois

University of California Press, 9780520276079, 272pp.

Publication Date: August 24, 2013

About the Author

Suzanne Bourgeois is Professor Emerita and Founding Director of the Regulatory Biology Laboratory at the Salk Institute. She has published widely on gene regulation in numerous scientific journals.