Thomas Roderick

Document Type

Response or Comment

Publication Date



Interview, Jackson Laboratory, History, Scientists, Transcript, Susan Mehrtens

JAX Location

The Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor, Maine

JAX Source

The Jackson Laboratory Historical Archives


Susan Metrhens' Note:

Roderick has been a scientist at Jax for thirty years, working in no other place. He was hired just as Earl Green replaced C.C. Little and Roderick worked with and for Green for some dozen years before moving into his own lab, on his own grants. Roderick is both perceptive and analytical and this tape is valuable for his willingness to reflect on trends and personalities. He also has a philosopher's willingness to consider the values that drive the lab. Roderick was forthcoming with anecdotes, including a most telling one of Rich Prehn showing the courage of his convictions in his decision to shut down the -men-only Otter Creek Chowder and Marching Society. Roderick also has similar courage in his willingness to cast a critical eye on Lab practices and policies. This is a valuable tape as a result: Its sensitive critical tone provides a very thoughtful image of the Lab, by a scientist who has worked under the last three Directors.