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Oral Histories Programme EMBL-Heidelberg
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John Tooze

In this interview, John Tooze who was the Executive Secretary of EMBO from 1973 until 1994 reflects his work as a scientific coordinator at that time. He especially describes his perception of the foundation process of EMBL, the emergence of its institutional design and his introduction of the EMBO journal. Furthermore, he gives an assessment of the general challenges EMBL had and has to face.

Nelly van der Jagt

This is an interview with Nelly van der Jagt who worked as a secretary for EMBL from 1975 until 2014. In this interview, Nelly van der Jagt especially reflects her work with four different Directors General as well as changes concerning the general working conditions of the EMBL site in Heidelberg.

Mary Holmes

This is an interview with Mary Holmes who was the Librarian of EMBL Heidelberg from 1974 to 1998. In this interview, Mary Holmes describes how she became EMBL's first Librarian and the work she had to do in the first years of EMBL. Mary Holmes also talks about how she perceived the transformation of libraries in general and of EMBL's Szilárd Library in particular during the period she worked in this position, in particular with regard to computerisation. Furthermore, she talks about her impression of EMBL's first three DGs.

Leo Burger

This is an interview with the Head of the Mechanical Workshop Leo Burger who started working at EMBL Heidelberg in 1978. In this interview, Leo Burger describes his application process and how he was introduced to EMBL. He also explains some of the most important instruments that were developed in the Mechanical Workshop. Furthermore, Leo Burger talks about the social life at EMBL, but also about his contribution to founding EMBL etcetera and to designing the EMBL emblem. Apart from that, Leo Burger describes his work as a driver that he also did at EMBL for a certain time.

Patrick Baeuerle

This is an interview with 2019 Lennart Philipson Award winner Patrick Baeuerle who was a PhD-student at EMBL in Wieland Huttner's group from 1987 to 1988. In this interview, Patrick Baeuerle gives an insight into his research interests, especially his research concerning NF-kappa-B. He describes his later work in industry, his way into biotech companies and especially his foundation of MPM Capital. He also reflects the relationship between research and industry in this interview.

Tanmay Bharat

This is an interview with the 2019 John Kendrew Award winner Tanmay Bharat who was a PhD student at EMBL Heidelberg from 2008 until 2012. In this interview, Tanmay Bharat describes how he started working on pathogenic viruses in John Brigg's group. He also explains why he started working on bacterial antibodies using cryo-electron tomography. Furthermore, he reflects the upcoming of personalised medicine nowadays in this interview.

Eero Vuorio

This is an interview with Eero Vuorio who has been a council delegate and Chairman of the EMBL council. In this interview, Eero Vuorio describes his career from working on molecular cloning of RNA and DNA to administration. He gives an insight of the work of the EMBL council, especially in terms of raising financial resources and in terms of the procedure of electing a new DG for EMBL. Furthermore, Eero Vuorio analyses the development of the administration of EMBL, also in connection to the different EMBL sites.

Jacques Dubochet

In this interview, Jacques Dubochet who won the 2017 Nobel Prize in Chemistry descibes his work as a group leader at EMBL Heidelberg. This interview contains Dubochet's description of the research environment in which he developed cryo-EM sample preparation and vitrification. Furthermore, the interview contains some information about Dubochet's early life and career as well as his assessment of the current state of science, especially with regard to genetic editing.

Joan Steitz

This is an interview with the molecular biologist Joan Steitz. In this interview, Joan Steitz describes the stations of her scientific career in connection to her work on RNA phages. She also explains how she came in touch with EMBL through the SAC meetings and her scientific interest into snRNPs. Furthermore, Joan Steitz gives an insight into her impressions of the first three DGs and of female scientists at EMBL.

Tim Hunt

This is an interview with the 2001 Nobel Prize Winner Tim Hunt who became member of EMBO in 1978. In this interview, Tim Hunt gives an insight of his career as a biochemist before joining EMBO, especially his work on S 35 Methionine. He also describes his connections with other scientists at EMBL since 1978. Furthermore, Tim Hunt reflects the meaning of the Data Library and the role of EMBO and the EMBO journal in general.

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