Joshua Lederberg

The MBL flag will be lowered in memory of MBL Corporation member and Nobel Laureate Dr. Joshua Lederberg who died Saturday, February 2, 2008, at the age of 82. Dr. Lederberg first came to the MBL more than 60 years ago and returned to the laboratory many times throughout his life to study and teach. Dr. Lederberg advocated the development of the MBL’s Biology of Aging and Biology of Parasitism courses, and, as chairman of The Ellison Medical Foundation, was an important part of the Foundation’s annual colloquium at the MBL.

Dr. Lederberg was just 33 years old when he won the 1958 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discovering that bacteria can mate and exchange genes. His numerous awards, in addition to the Nobel Prize, included membership in the National Academy of Sciences, The National Medal of Science, a Research Award of Distinction from the American Federation for Aging Research, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States.

A full obituary appears in the New York Times