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Salk Institute

  1. Robert Olby

Published Online: 15 DEC 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0003558



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Olby, R. 2011. Salk Institute. eLS. .

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  1. University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 DEC 2011


Nearing its first half-century of research, the Salk Institute has risen to prominence among major research Institutes in the life sciences. The location, the very favourable working conditions and the Institute's growing reputation have attracted outstanding scientists, both young and old. Jonas Salk and the architect, Louis Kahn, worked together to achieve a unique design, and the result has made the Institute a mecca for the student of twentieth century architecture. Although some restraint was put on Salk's broad vision for the Institute's research agenda by his eminent advisers, Salk had Kahn revise his vision of the kind of facilities the scientists would need. The final result embodied a more limited plan than Kahn had originally envisaged. Both functionally and visually the design and character of the buildings have proved remarkably successful.


  • Jonas Salk;
  • Salk Institute;
  • Louis Kahn;
  • La Jolla;
  • Francis Crick;
  • Jacob Bronowski;
  • history of research institutes;
  • twentieth century architecture