Nobel prize-winning geneticist linkurl:Joshua Lederberg,; liposome pioneer and essayist linkurl:Gerald Weissmann,; Lasker Prize-winning microbiologist linkurl:Carol Greider; -- these are only a smattering of the scientists whose thoughts, reflections, and tribulations have been recorded in oral histories as part of the Pew Oral History Project, a recently-forged collaboration between the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Chemical Heritage Foundation. Over 500 oral histories, some transcribed into pristine published volumes, others lingering on dusty cassettes, are now housed at CHF's headquarters in downtown Philadelphia. Almost half are recent additions from the Pew Trusts linkurl:Oral History and Archives Project.; Begun in 1988, the program, previously run by UCLA, chronicles the experiences of Pew Scholars, promising early-career biomedical researchers who receive four years of funding and support from the Trusts to pursue innovative research. The Pew interviews will be added to some 300 interviews of chemists in CHF's linkurl:Oral History Collection.;
While CHF has traditionally...
Image of The Joseph J. and Violet J. Jacobs Reading Room at the Chemical Heritage Foundation. Photograph by Douglas A. LockardCorrection (posted July 18): In a previous version of this story, Intel co-founder Gerald Moore was incorrectly cited as a participant in the Pew oral history project. The Scientist regrets the error.

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