The MBL Embryology Course 1939

The Embryology Course began formally in 1893 and continues today.  Each year brings together leading developmental biologists and eager students from around the world to learn the latest ideas, techniques, and results. The 1930s was a lively time, with discussions of Hans Spemann's organizer idea, experimental techniques, and outstanding European biologists, like Viktor Hamburger, who had been exiled from Nazi Germany. The archival records give us a wonderful insight into the course at that pivotal time and help illuminate the excitement of discovery in both student notebooks and faculty lecture notes.