Oral history interview with Mildred Cohn

Oral history interview with Mildred Cohn

  • 1987-Dec-15 (First session)
  • 1988-Jan-06 (Second session)

Mildred Cohn begins the interview by reflecting on her childhood, education, and family life, describing how she was prepared to enter college by age fourteen. She then discusses her undergraduate experience at Hunter College, recalling the difficulties she encountered as a woman in the sciences. She continues by recounting her graduate years at Columbia, where, after working for a short time at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, she began her work with isotopes in Urey's lab. She tells of her experience working with du Vigneaud at George Washington and Cornell universities and contrasts that with the much more independent atmosphere of the Cori's lab at Washington University in St. Louis. Finally she describes her years at the University of Pennsylvania and highlights the most fulfilling aspects of her work. She concludes with her analysis of the future of biochemistry and advice for those, especially women, interested in pursuing a career in the natural sciences.

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Original file type MP3, PDF
  • 119 pages
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  • Science History Institute
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  • Courtesy of Science History Institute

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Mildred Cohn, interviewed by Leon B. Gortler in University of Pennsylvania on January 6, 1988. Philadelphia: Science History Institute, n.d. Oral History Transcript 0080. https://digital.sciencehistory.org/works/z029p571v.

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Transcript (Published Version)

The published version of the transcript may diverge from the interview audio due to edits to the transcript made by staff of the Center for Oral History, often at the request of the interviewee, during the transcript review process.

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