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The Institutes and Directors at Cold Spring Harbor

In 1890, the Biological Laboratory at Cold Spring Harbor welcomed its first students for a course in biology. Soon after, research in the new field of genetics placed the Laboratory at the forefront of research and education for the next century and beyond. This timeline highlights the directors of the predecessor institutes of the contemporary ƤƤ, a preeminent international research institution achieving breakthroughs in molecular biology and genetics and enhancing scientific knowledge worldwide.

photo of Bruce Stillman

Bruce Stillman

President and Chief Executive Officer, 2003 – present

Director and Chief Executive Officer, 1994 – 2003

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1994

1994

photo of James Watson

James D. Watson

President, 1994 – 2003
Director, 1968 – 1994

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1968

1968

photo of John Cairns

John Cairns

Director, 1963 – 1968

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1963

1973

1973

Alfred D. Hershey

Director, 1962 – 1973

Carnegie Institute of Washington

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1963

photo of H. Edwin Umbarger

H. Edwin Umbarger

Director, 1962 – 1963

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1962

1962

1962

photo of Arthur Chovnick

Arthur Chovnick

Director, 1960 – 1962

Biological Laboratory

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photo of Berwind Kaufmann

Berwind Kaufmann

Director, 1960 – 1962

Carnegie Institute of Washington

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1960

1960

1960

photo of Millislav Demerec

Millislav Demerec

Director, 1941 – 1960

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photo of Millislav Demerec

Millislav Demerec

Director, 1941 – 1960

Carnegie Institute of Washington

1941

1941

1941

photo of Eric Ponder

Eric Ponder

Director, 1936 – 1941

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photo of Albert F. Blakeslee

Albert F. Blakeslee

Director, 1934 – 1941

Carnegie Institute of Washington

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1936

1936

photo of Reginald G. Harris

Reginald G. Harris

Director, 1924 – 1936

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1924

1924

photo of Charles B. Davenport

Charles B. Davenport

Director, 1898 – 1924

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1898

1897

1897

photo of Herbert W. Conn

Herbert W. Conn

Director, 1891 – 1897

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1891

1891

photo of Bashford Dean

Bashford Dean

Director, 1890 – 1891

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