When Dwight Ingle invited me to contribute to an issue of Perspectives in Biology and Medicine to be inscribed in honour of Gregory Pincus, I was puzzled as to how I could best collaborate. I had met Pincus only sporadically, mainly on his visits to England, and I had visited his headquarters at the Worcester Foundation only once, in its early days. I was, however, most anxious to participate because of my profound admiration for the man and, after some thought, decided that an illustrated account of my personal contacts with him might be of interest and would give me the opportunity of paying a personal tribute.
I first met Pincus on the train between Cambridge and London, when a wild-looking young man introduced himself to me in the restaurant car, explaining that he was working for a year at the Agricultural Research Council's Unit in
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