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Y. Stanier S a x o n a t t i t u d e s , a n d his t r e n c h a n t criticisms of t h e defects, as h e saw t h e m , of F r e n c h society. This b e h a v i o u r did n o t reflect a sense o f e s t r a n g e m e n t from his o w n c o u n t r y a n d c u l t u r e , b u t a passionate desire, almost Gaullian in its intensity a n d a r r o g a n c e , t o improve t h a t c o u n t r y a n d c u l t u r e . U n d e r l y i n g t h e c o s m o p o l i t a n a n d t h e F r e n c h m a n was a t h i r d p e r s o n a , recogn i t i o n of which is essential t o an u n d e r s t a n d i n g of-the m a n .
For t h e price o f t h e fare! I d o n o t k n o w if she h a d a c c e p t e d it, b u t I d o h o p e she h a d , just for t h e fun o f i t . Speaking of cars, t h e r e was a d a y w h e n h e c o u l d n o t find his o w n car. He h a d t o declare t o t h e police t h a t it h a d b e e n s t o l e n ; t h e y s o o n f o u n d it e x a c t l y w h e r e he had parked it. A n d y e t , I r e m e m b e r w h a t an attentive a n d passionate l o o k h e h a d w h e n o n e day h e e n t e r e d t h e t i n y lab where I was w o r k i n g h o l d i n g t h e t w o bacterial strains w h i c h h e h a d just received from L e d e r b e r g , o n e was a male strain, t h e o t h e r was a female.
As we shall see, h e accomplished a great deal in five y e a r s ; w h e t h e r these reforms were sufficient t o preserve t h e historical s t r u c t u r e o f t h e I n s t i t u t e still remains t o b e decided. M o n o d ' s years as Director were s h a d o w e d b y b e r e a v e m e n t , sacrifice, a n d ill*Reprinted with permission of the editors of the journal from an obituary published by Journal of General Microbiology. Copyright © 1979 by Academic Press, Inc. All rights of reproduction in any form reserved.
Origins of Molecular Biology. A Tribute to Jacques Monod by Andre Lwoff