Papers of George Wald
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The Papers of George Wald are stored off-site. Please consult the Harvard University Archives Reference
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Extent49.95 cubic feet (149 boxes)
All researchers will find material of interest in the Correspondence Series and Writings Series. Researchers interested in Wald's scientific career should examine the Scientific Research Series and Teaching Series. Researchers concerned with Wald's social activism will find the Science and Society Series and Politics Series of particular interest.
Chronologically, the papers cover Wald's adult life; the earliest material dates from his college years and the latest from the 1990s. Material consists of many formats: correspondence, manuscripts, publications, notebooks, note cards, photographs, video, and audio tapes.
Biography of George Wald
Life and Mind, which he published in a variety of formats. Wald spoke on subjects such as "The Origin of Death," "Consciousness," and "Cosmology."
As an outspoken opponent of nuclear energy, Wald lobbied in the United States and internationally for nuclear arms reduction and non-reliance on nuclear power. He worked to move research on recombinant DNA away from Cambridge because of the possibility of contamination in the community. He was part of the Basso Tribunal on Human Rights, and served as an observer for its Tribunal on Guatemala and other countries. During the hostage crisis in 1980 he participated in the "Crimes Against Iran" conference in Tehran. Until his death at the age of 90 on April 12, 1997, George Wald remained an advocate for progressive social and political causes.
- Born November 18, in New York City
- Graduates from Washington Square College, New York University, with a B.A in Zoology
- First marriage to Frances Kingsley
- Obtains Ph.D. From Columbia University after graduate work with Selig Hecht
- National Research Council Fellowship
- University of Chicago Physiology Department
- Tutor in biochemical sciences at Harvard University
- Receives the Eli Lilly Research Award
- Appointed associate professor of biology at Harvard University
- Appointed full professor of biology at Harvard University
- Publishes series in Scientific American; best known article, "Origin of Life"
- Receives Lasker Award from the American Public Health Association
- Receives Proctor Medal from the Association of Research in Ophthalmology
- Second marriage to Ruth Hubbard
- First nominated for the Nobel Prize
- Receives Rumford Medal from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
- Overseas Fellow at Churchill College, Cambridge University
- Cover of Time for 10 best teachers in America
- Wins Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
- Named Higgins Professor of Biology at Harvard
- Receives honorary doctorates from Clark University and Amherst College
- March 4, gives A Generation in Search of a Future speech at MIT, beginning of intense period as a political activist.
- Wins Max Berg Award for improving the quality of human life
- Travels to China and Vietnam; visits with American POWs;
- Endorses Senator George McGovern for President;
- Jailed in Washington D.C. at an anti-Vietnam War protest
- Retires from teaching at Harvard
- "Life and Mind" lectures first published
- Attends "Crime Against Iran" conference in Tehran
- Member of the Russell Tribunal on Human Rights in Guatemala
- Dies on April 12
Series and Sub-series in the Collection
- Biographical Materials
- ___Biographical Files
- ___Honors, Awards and Certificates
- Science and Society
- Scientific Research
- ___Data Notebooks
- ___Reference Cards
- ___Charts and Graphs
- ___Data by Paul K. Brown
- Writings, Speeches, and Appearances
- ______Political publications
- ______Scientific publications
Immediate Source of Acquisition
- Accession number: 13671 1997 October 29
Staff also removed duplicate materials and monographs not written by Wald
- Wald, George. Papers of George Wald, 1927-1997 : an inventory
- Harvard University Archives
- EAD ID
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