Joram Piatigorsky - The Speed of Dark: A Memoir

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 1pm–2pm
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In February 1940, five months after his family fled what was fast becoming Hitler’s Europe, Piatigorsky was born in Elizabethtown, New York. The son of Jacqueline de Rothschild, a descendent of the French banking family, and Gregor Piatigorsky, the Ukrainian-born cellist, Piatigorsky fils eschewed art and finance for science. Yet he continued to be influenced by his extraordinary family even as he embarked on a five-decade-long career in molecular biology. As he recounts in this evocative and insightful memoir, he reconciled his sense of being at once part of and outside of his parents’ Old World heritage by both establishing the Laboratory of Molecular and Developmental Biology at the National Eye Institute and earning awards including the prestigious Helen Keller Prize for vision research, as well as becoming a major collector of Inuit art and a novelist.



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