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Ludwik Gross Papers 1908-1999
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Biographical material, correspondence, laboratory notebooks, writings and photographs document the research career of Ludwik Gross (1908-1999; 12 linear feet), best known for proving that viruses could cause cancer in animals. The biographical materials primarily document his many awards, most significantly the 1974 Lasker Award, as well as some general information about Gross's life and career. The correspondence series contains extensive professional communication with colleagues, but there is little personal correspondence to be found in any part of the collection. Gross's laboratory notebooks are detailed and relatively comprehensive, but few properly indicate the exact nature of the experiment, thus making it difficult to follow his laboratory and research process for any particular experiment. Reprints of published material and book drafts relating to the process of his experiments can be found in the writings series, providing insight into the various areas of research that interested Dr. Gross. Much of the correspondence in this series consists of general editorial commentary between writer and publisher. Subject files reflect the wide variety of approaches Gross took to formulate his research hypotheses. Photographs and ephemera are both personal and research related.

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