November 26, 1934
Dr. Warren Weaver,
The Rockefeller Foundation,
Dear Dr. Weaver:
I am sorry to learn (from Dr. Hanson) of your illness, and that it has prevented your
Middle West trip.
Your letter arrived this morning. I am enclosing my application for a grant of ten
thousand dollars a year for the three-year period 1935-8, for support of biological
importance. The Trustees of the California Institute have pledged themselves to provide
to provide a fund of five thousand dollars a year during this period to be used for
fundamental investigations related to the biological program. Professor Millikan
is writing separately regarding this.
The hemoglobin problem is a very difficult one, and I consider it unlikely that we
can obtain results providing a real test of our methods in one year. On the other
hand, I am confident that within three years we could obtain very valuable information
regarding the structure of the hemoglobin substances, the nature of the bond to gloving,
the process of addition of oxygen, etc. For this reason the application has been
made for a three year period, and I hope that you will think it desirable and find
it possible to consider it on this basis. If a grant is made to us for one year only,
however, I am sure that we can make good progress in that period. I am anxious to
begin applying our structural ideas in a direct attack on the interesting biological
I was pleased to meet and talk with Dr. Hanson. I am hoping to see him and you in
New York next April, on coming East to the National Academy meeting.
Very sincerely yours,