In this interview, Elizabeth Hortense Leduc recounts her educational background from undergraduate studies in biology at the University of Vermont, to obtaining her master’s degree from Wellesley College, getting her Ph.D. at Brown University, and completing a fellowship at Brown through the National Institute of Health. She frequently mentions the assistance she received during her Ph.D. program from J. Walter Wilson. She mentions her position as an anatomy professor at Harvard Medical School and the struggle for scientists to receive tenured positions. Leduc spends most of the interview discussing her time at Brown as a tenured biology professor and as dean of biological sciences. She remembers professors Herman Chase, Newell Stultz, and Pierre Galletti, in addition to President Donald Honig and Deans Margaret Shove Morriss and Rosemary Pierrel. She also recalls the effects of the Pembroke-Brown merger and the Lamphere case. Leduc emphasizes apparent female equality in the field of biology throughout the interview.
Recorded on Dec 12, 1988
Interviewed by Karen Lamoree