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date: 25 November 2020

Gajdusek, D. Carletonlocked

(9 Sept. 1923–12 Dec. 2008)
  • Warwick Anderson

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Gajdusek, D. Carleton (9 Sept. 1923–12 Dec. 2008), Nobel Laureate, infectious diseases scientist, biological anthropologist, and convicted sex offender was born Daniel Carleton Gajdusek in Yonkers, New York, the older son of Karol (Karl) Gajdusek, a Slovak-born butcher, and Otillia (Mahtil) Dobroczki, descendent of Hungarian immigrants and sister of entomologist Irene Dobroczki. His aunt encouraged Carleton’s interest in science, and his mother instilled a love of literature, cinema, and European high culture, prompting him to imagine himself at times a character in the novels of André Gide, Marcel Proust, Thomas Mann, or Joseph Conrad. His admiration for Friedrich Nietzsche would be unstinting....

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