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Lederberg, a research geneticist, is Sackler Foundation Scholar and President-emeritus of
Rockefeller University in New York. Dr. Lederberg attended Columbia P&S Medical
School, and he received his Ph.D. in microbiology at Yale. He served as professor of
genetics at the University of Wisconsin, and then at Stanford School of Medicine, before
coming to the Rockefeller University in 1978.
His life-long research, for which he received the Nobel Prize in 1958 (at the age of 33), has been in genetic structure and function in microorganisms. He has been actively involved in artificial intelligence research (in computer science) and in the NASA experimental programs seeking life on Mars.
He has also been a consultant on health-related matters for government and the international community, e.g., having had long service on WHO's Advisory Health Research Council. He has been a member of the National Academy of Sciences since 1957, was a charter member of the Institute of Medicine, and was elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1982.
He has served as Chairman of the President's Cancer Panel, and of the Congress' Technology Assessment Advisory Council, as well as on numerous other consultative panels, including the regents of the National Library of Medicine. He received the U.S. National Medal of Science in 1989. From 1978 to 1990, Dr. Lederberg served as president of the Rockefeller University, where he continues his research activities in the genetics and evolution of bacteria and viruses.
To get access to publicly available papers by Joshua Dederberg, use the following web site