Papers of Leslie Orgel, chemist, molecular biologist and Senior Fellow and Research Professor at the Salk Institute for Biological
Studies, where he directs the Chemical Evolution Laboratory. Orgel's research interests include nucleic acid chemistry, molecular
evolution, prebiotic chemistry, and problems related to the origin of life. The bulk of the papers dates from 1964 to 1991
and includes correspondence, journal articles, conference and meeting material, contracts and grants, subject files, Salk
Institute administrative files, and referee reports.
The papers are arranged in eight series: 1) BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIAL, 2) CORRESPONDENCE, 3) WRITINGS, 4) CONTRACTS, GRANTS AND
PROPOSALS, 5) CONFERENCES AND MEETINGS, 6) SUBJECT FILES, 7) SALK INSTITUTE, and 8) REFEREE REPORTS.
Leslie Eleazer Orgel was born in London, England, on January 12, 1927. He received his B.A. in chemistry with first class
honors from Oxford university in 1949. In 1950 he was elected a Fellow of Magdalen College and in 1951 was awarded his Ph.D
in chemistry at Oxford.