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Interview with John T. Edsall.
Interview with John T. Edsall. November 1, 1991.
Interview by Thomas Hager for use in "Force of Nature: The Life of Linus Pauling," (Simon & Schuster, 1995).

Dorothy Wrinch, a Tragic Figure. (1:53)

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John Edsall: No, I was very much aware of Dorothy Wrinch, and knew her somewhat. Her life was rather a tragic one in various ways. She had a brilliant mind, I think, but she unfortunately got obsessed with her particular model of proteins, which was aesthetically very elegant, but really had nothing to do with proteins as it turned out. I did feel, incidentally, that Pauling treated her rather too harshly.

Thomas Hager: Can you tell me in what way?

John Edsall: Well, he really, his papers just rejecting her work were written in a more aggressive tone then I would have felt - I kind of felt they were unnecessarily rather unkind and he could have put her down effectively, but in using somewhat gentler language than he did. Also, well, I think that was probably correct...he warned the Rockefeller Foundation that he felt that she was not getting anywhere in her research, and recommended that they should not continue to support her, I think.


Creator: Thomas Hager, John T. Edsall
Associated: Dorothy Wrinch, Linus Pauling, Rockefeller Foundation
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Creator: Thomas Hager, John T. Edsall

Date: November 1, 1991
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