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Sally Smith Hughes, PhD
Historian of Science
Regional Oral History Office
The Bancroft Library
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
shughes@library.berkeley.edu
510.643-4785

Sally Hughes is a historian of science whose research interest is the history of recent biological science and its commercialization. She began work at the Bancroft Library in 1978 and has conducted over 150 in-depth oral histories, with subjects ranging from the AIDS epidemic to medical physics to virology. Her main focus for over a decade has been on the biotechnology industry in California and its interrelationships with basic science at Stanford, the University of California, San Francisco, and the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of The Virus: A History of the Concept and an article in Isis, "Making Dollars Out of DNA: The First Major Patent in Biotechnology and the Commercialization of Molecular Biology, 1974–1980".
 



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