Developmental Biologist Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz

As a Child, I Adopted Art as a Way of Expressing Myself

Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz is a developmental biologist at Caltech, and the author of The Dance of Life. Before moderating “What Is the Meaning of Life?,” a Zócalo/CaltechLive! “Behind the Book” event, she wrote in to the Green Room to recall a formative lecture in cell biology, making her own clothing, and her favorite café in Warsaw.

The Man With the Vision That Built Caltech

Robert Andrew Millikan's Ambition Transformed Not Only the School, but Also Southern California's Place in the World

When Robert Andrew Millikan arrived in Pasadena, California, in 1921, he was already the revered author of physics textbooks used across the country. He counted among his scientific accomplishments the …

When L.A.’s Jews Went Crazy for Albert Einstein

In His Three Semesters at Caltech, the Famed Physicist Brought Together a Divided Community and Earned Their Undying Love

When Albert and Elsa Einstein first visited in January 1931, the Jews of Los Angeles were besotted.

A hundred women and men, representatives of almost every Jewish organization in the city, …