Profile: Jan Moor-Jankowski; September 1997; Scientific American Magazine; by Mukerjee; 2 Page(s)
At the bus stop in Greenport, N. Y., the village where he has retired to tend his wounds, Jan Moor-Jankowski is waiting. He holds out a hand, towering over me with a straight-backed, military posture softened by a slight stoop of politeness. Tired folds of skin hang around his eyes, giving him the sad look of a basset hound. His old war injuries have become inflamed, Moor-Jankowski tells me, walking with a slight limp: "It¿s probably stress-related." His voice, too, sounds tired and halting. He has nightmares, these days, of being forever barred from the laboratory he created.
Moor-Jankowski co-founded and for 30 years directed the Laboratory for Experimental Medicine and Surgery in Primates (LEMSIP), a facility affiliated with New York University. In 1995 Moor-Jankowski and M. Louis Dinetz, the assistant director of LEMSIP, were dismissed, and N.Y.U. made plans to sell the facility. Moor-Jankowski says he was harassed, and ultimately fired, by N.Y.U. Medical Center for protesting violations of federal rules at another animal experimentation lab at N.Y.U.