What They Talked About When They Talked About Lysenko
Tuesday, February 5, 2013 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Columbia University Morningside Campus International Affairs Building Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room (1219)
Please join the Harriman Institute for a talk with William deJong-Lambert (Associate Professor of History, Bronx Community College, CUNY). This paper is an excerpt for deJong-Lamberts collective biography of five geneticistsTheodosius Dobzhansky, Leslie Clarence Dunn, J.B.S. Haldane, Julian Huxley and Hermann J. Mullerconsidered in terms of their reaction to Soviet agronomist Trofim D. Lysenko. In the 1930s, Lysenko launched a campaign which resulted in a ban on genetics in the Soviet Union and its allies in the early decades of the Cold War. The careers of Dobzhansky, Dunn, Haldane, Huxley and Muller coincided with some of the most important developments in the history of Twentieth Century biology, including the synthesis of genetics and Natural Selection and the rise of eugenics as a popular movement. The two chapters deJong-Lambert will present describe the origins of the friendship between Huxley and Muller, as well as their mutual fascination with the Soviet experiment. This event is sponsored by the Harriman Institute. It is free and open to the public. No registration is required.