In Buy Jupiter and Other Stories (1975), which includes autobiographical notes between stories, Isaac Asimov wrote,
I had sold my first book, PEBBLE IN THE SKY, some six weeks before I had accepted the job at the medical school. What I did not know was that Doubleday was going to exploit my new professional position in connection with the book. It was only when I saw the book jacket, toward the end of 1949, that I saw what was to be on the back cover.
Along with a very good likeness of myself at the age of twenty-five (which breaks my heart now when I look at it) there was a final sentence, which read: "Dr. Asimov lives in Boston, where he is engaged in cancer research at Boston University School of Medicine."
This was 1949, when many people considered science fiction to be trashy. Asimov was so concerned about involving the medical school's reputation that he volunteered to resign from it. The Dean merely asked if it was a good book, and when Asimov answered in the affirmative, he said, "In that case the medical school will be glad to be identified with it."
The first edition of Pebble in the Sky was published on 19 January 1950.
I remember reading this blurb in a library copy as a teenager. Asimov's smiling face was looking upward and a little to the side, as if to show his aspiration to reach the stars. It was an inspirational likeness and has been reproduced in his autobiography, In Memory Yet Green. I'd like to read the blurb again, to see in context what so upset Asimov that he offered to resign. Can anyone supply it from the dust jacket of the 1950 edition?