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Chapter 15 : Esther Lederberg: Pioneer of Bacterial Genetics

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.” So said an obituary in the British newspaper regarding Esther Lederberg, a North American microbiologist married to Joshua Lederberg from 1946 to 1966 (8). Being married to and working alongside such a phenomenal scientist was not only greatly stimulating; it was also a major handicap. As long as she was Lederberg, the success of their joint work was attributed to her husband. At 31, Joshua was already a full professor whereas Esther, who was three years older, remained an associate investigator. In an interview that followed his 1953 Eli Lilly award in Bacteriology, Joshua affirmed that this prize should have been shared with his wife. Despite that, on the occasion of his Nobel Prize, Joshua did not mentioned Esther in either of his speeches, when he received the award and during the gala dinner.

Citation: Piqueras M. 2016. Esther Lederberg: Pioneer of Bacterial Genetics, p 59-65. In Schaechter M, In the Company of Microbes: 10 Years of Small Things Considered. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555819606.ch15
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Citation: Piqueras M. 2016. Esther Lederberg: Pioneer of Bacterial Genetics, p 59-65. In Schaechter M, In the Company of Microbes: 10 Years of Small Things Considered. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555819606.ch15
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Esther Lederberg in her home in Wisconsin (1958, the day that the Nobel Prize of Joshua Lederberg was announced).

©The Esther M. Zimmer Lederberg Trust.

Citation: Piqueras M. 2016. Esther Lederberg: Pioneer of Bacterial Genetics, p 59-65. In Schaechter M, In the Company of Microbes: 10 Years of Small Things Considered. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555819606.ch15
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Esther Lederberg in her laboratory at Stanford.

©The Esther M. Zimmer Lederberg Trust.

Citation: Piqueras M. 2016. Esther Lederberg: Pioneer of Bacterial Genetics, p 59-65. In Schaechter M, In the Company of Microbes: 10 Years of Small Things Considered. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555819606.ch15
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She is coauthor of a scientific guide to Barcelona (, Duran X and Piqueras M, Ajuntament de Barcelona, 2003).

Citation: Piqueras M. 2016. Esther Lederberg: Pioneer of Bacterial Genetics, p 59-65. In Schaechter M, In the Company of Microbes: 10 Years of Small Things Considered. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555819606.ch15
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