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Dr. Mary Jane Osborn

National Academy of Sciences Interview with Dr. Mary Jane Osborn

Osborn describes her family’s journey west to California during the early 1930s, when she was only five years old. She grows up in Beverly Hills—amid surprisingly few celebrities—and follows her interest in science with her unconventional father’s encouragement. Osborn recalls the difficulties of her early years in physiology and at her ill father’s bedside, along with the triumphs of her years in biochemistry and microbiology. She explains how new techniques are exposing unexpected complexity in bacteria, and how better understanding the complicated bugs might help researchers tame their toxicity and develop new antibiotics. Sexism was only rarely an issue in her career, says Osborn, who urges young people—particularly young women—interested in scientific work to “go for it.”

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University of Connecticut School of Medicine
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Colorado Springs
University of Washington
University of California, Berkeley
American Academy of Arts and Sciences
National Science Board
National Academy of Sciences
Beverly Hills

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