John Cairns - Biography

John Cairns, physician and molecular biologist, received his M.D. from Oxford University in 1946. Dr. Cairns was the director of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory from 1963 until 1968. He remained a staff member until 1972 when he was appointed Head of the Mill Hill Laboratory of the Imperial Cancer Research Fund. After his appointment at Mill Hill, Dr. Cairns worked at the Harvard School of Public Health until his retirement in 1991. During Dr. Cairns's tenure, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory was officially created from an amalgamation of the Long Island Biological Association's Biological Laboratory and the Carnegie Institution of Washington's Department of Genetics, which included such notables as Drs. Alfred Hershey and Barbara McClintock. Dr. Cairns is also one of the editors of Phage and the Origins of Molecular Biology.