Blum, Debra E. "‘Climate of Unhappiness' Lead Rockefeller's President to Quit," The

 

Blum, Debra E. "‘Climate of Unhappiness' Lead Rockefeller's President to Quit," The
Chronicle of Higher Education, 11 December 1991, pp. A15, A18.

David Baltimore's resignation at Rockefeller University is described for readers. In his letter of
resignation, he used the phrase ‘climate of unhappiness' to describe the unplesantness he felt in
trying to run the University.

It is reported here that unhappiness at his tenure during the past year focused on his handling of a
case of scientific fraud: he tried to block investigation of the case. Faculty at Rockefeller were
concerned that Baltimore's part in the case would bring damage to the university's image. In
point of fact, it would appear that fund-raising at the university has not been affected by
Baltimore's tenure.

Not reported elsewhere: "Although the leaders of the two research teams (which left the
university), Anthony Cerami and Gerald M. Edelman, had expressed reservations about Mr.
Baltimore's appointment, they said their decisions to move had been based solely on research
opportunities presented to them elsewhere and were unrelated to the dispute over the president."
(p. A18)