The Chemical Heritage Foundation has established a website devoted to an oral history collection based on the recipients of the Pew Scholars in the Biomedical Sciences Award and the Pew Scholars Advisory Committee Members. The collection contains well over two hundred oral histories and is continually expanding, with new oral histories being added on a regular basis.
In 1985, the Pew Charitable Trusts established the Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences to provide four-year awards to young biomedical researchers looking into undeveloped areas of science not typically funded by national agencies. Hundreds of scientists have since received funding from the program, and have contributed significantly to the course of biomedical research in the United States. Some have gone on to receive the Nobel Prize and Howard Hughes Medical Investigator awards; many have started their own research centers and initiatives; and all have made significant contributions to the life sciences.
The histories, conducted by the University of California, Los Angeles Center for Oral History Research and the CHF, are being made available for research purposes. Detailed summaries of each oral history can be found on this Web site; in addition, bound volumes of the oral histories are housed in CHF’s Othmer Library. Since the collection is being developed continually, with new Scholars being interviewed regularly, this website will be updated frequently to reflect new oral histories available for research.
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