"I consider that the field of work in which Dr. Pauling is engaged, namely the study
of the chemical bond and of valence from the standpoint of modern physics, is the
most important line of research in theoretical chemistry today; and I venture to believe
that there is no one in the world who in the same degree has chemical background and
at the same time has the physical knowledge, mathematical power, and originality required
for the handling of this problem."
A. A. Noyes. Letter to William Foster. October 15, 1931.
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