In 1944, Oswald Avery and his colleagues, Colin MacLeod and Maclyn McCarty published their landmark paper on the transforming ability of DNA.
Relating how Avery was a successful orator while an undergraduate at Colgate University, and his subsequent disdain for public speaking as a scientist.
Oswald Avery at work in the laboratory, around 1930.
Avery at a 1940 Christmas party.
Oswald is seated to the left of his father, the Reverend Joseph Francis Avery.
Memo approving Avery's appointment to the Rockefeller Institute.
A page from the May 15, 1943 letter from Oswald Avery to his brother Roy. In the letter Avery speculated on how transformation could happen. Avery never publicly connected genes with DNA and his transformation experiments.
Oswald Avery, circa 1930.
Commenting on Avery as a scientific group leader and as a person.
Describing the in vitro transformation experiments: the effect of removing polysaccharides from the bacterial extracts.