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The Lab

Michael J Lannoo

in Leopold's Shack and Ricketts's Lab

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2010 | ISBN: 9780520264786
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520946064 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520264786.003.0008
The Lab

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When Edward F. Ricketts arrived, the Monterey Peninsula was “still a quiet part of the world, a pleasant end of the road along one of the loveliest of seashores.” In an airplane “it looks like a bear's head jutting out into the sea, Pacific Grove is in the bear's mouth, Cannery Row lies under its jaw, and Monterey, the largest of the three towns, spreads out along its throat and chest.” Aside from churches, in 1923 the principal intellectual establishment of the peninsula was the Hopkins Marine Station of Stanford University, recently relocated to Cabrillo Point, not far from the canneries. After only a year in business together, Ricketts and Albert E. Galigher dissolved their partnership. Ricketts became the sole owner of Pacific Biological Laboratories. During the spring and summer of 1932, John Steinbeck's wife Carol was also in the Lab quite a lot, working part-time for Ricketts. In late 1936, Cannery Row caught fire and Ricketts's Lab was incinerated. By the end of January 1937, a new Lab was built.

Keywords: Edward F. Ricketts; Monterey Peninsula; Albert E. Galigher; Pacific Biological Laboratories; John Steinbeck; Cannery Row; Hopkins Marine Station; Stanford University

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Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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