- Letter from David P. Shoemaker to Faculty of Caltech. [Filed under LP Peace: Box 4.009, Folder 9.2]
ASSOCIATION OF PASADENA SCIENTISTS
California Institute of Technology
December 13, 1945
To Members of the Faculty of the California Institute of Technology:
On November 23 an open meeting was held in the Gates Laboratory to consider the formation of an organization having as its purpose to discuss and act upon the problems created by the release of atomic energy. The meeting was attended principally by graduate students and junior Staff-members of the California Institute of Technology. An organization, to be known as the "Association of Pasadena Scientists", was formed at that meeting. A statement setting forth the tentative structure and purposes of the organization is appended to this letter.
Since that time we have learned of the formation of the American Federation of Scientists, a federation initiated by groups that have been organized at the atomic bomb laboratories and at several leading universities. The aims and structure of the Federation are described in another statement appended hereto. Professor J. R. Oppenheimer has suggested that a member organization be formed at the California Institute of Technology, and that it be formed from existing groups on this campus. Because of the informal character of the existing faculty group, which meets Tuesday afternoons, Professor E. C. Watson has expressed doubt that this faculty group should be made the nucleus of such a member organization. It is felt, on the other hand, that the tentative structure and purposes of the Association of Pasadena Scientists would be appropriate to the formation of a member organization and that they could easily be adapted to suit the needs of such an organization. In any case it is very desirable that a member organization be representative of the California Institute community.
An open meeting will be held Tuesday evening, December 19, in Room 22, Gates Laboratory, at which the development of such a member organization to the American Federation will be discussed. Professor J. R. Oppenheimer and Professor Linus Pauling will speak.
You are cordially invited to attend this meeting and to participate in planning the purposes and form of the organization.
David P. Shoemaker
Appended: (l) Proposed Articles of Organization and Purposes of the Association of Pasadena Scientists
(2) Statement of Aims and Description of Organization of the American Federation of Scientists
ARTICLE IV. Amendment
Section 1. An amendment to these articles may be proposed by petition of five or more members of the Association. Copies of any proposed amendment must be distributed to the membership at least ten days before a meeting at which it will be voted upon.
Section 2. An amendment shall be considered adopted if it is approved by two thirds of the members voting.
Purposes of the Association of
I. To study the problems associated with the relationship between society and scientific developments, with special emphasis on problems of atomic power. To gather and disseminate information pertinent to this end.
II. To promote freedom of research, particularly nuclear research.
III. To cooperate with other groups (such as the American Federation of Scientists and the Faculty Group of the California Institute of Technology) which are working to prevent the destructive use of atomic energy, and to convince the public at large of the necessity for taking action designed to achieve this goal.
- Letter from Dr. Elliot Abers to LP RE: Reminds LP that he tentatively agreed to give a lecture at Purdue in February, and asks if he now has more definite plans. [Letter from LP to Abers December 18, 1945] [Filed under LP Correspondence: Box #12.11, file:(A: Correspondence, 1945)]
- Letter from Dr. John T. Eds all, Department of Physical Chemistry, Harvard Medical School to LP RE: Replies that they can adjust the date of the lecture to fit LP's schedule if necessary, and that they hope he can visit Boston, even if he is unable to give a lecture. Sends the application material for Allan Grossberg. Informs LP that Karl Sollner of the University of Minnesota is currently seeking another position, discussing his qualifications and requesting LP send suggestions. Adds that Charles Coryell will be coming to MIT next summer. [Letter from LP to Eds all December 7, 1945] [Filed under LP Correspondence: Box #106.5, file:(Eds all, John T., 1938-1939, 1941, 1945-1946, 1949-1951, 1953-1958, 1965, 1967-1968, 1971-1972, 1975, 1978-1979, 1987, 1993)]
- Letter from LP to Dr. F. W. Willard, Editor-in-Chief. RE: Is hoping to see him in New York. Has not made definite plans yet. [Filed under LP Science: American Chemical Society: Correspondence, 1943-1948: Box #14.003 Folder #3.3]
- Letter from LP to Dr. John Eiler. [Filed under Correspondence: Box #34.3, file:(Correspondence, Notes re: Science -- The Endless Frontier; A Report to the President, 1945)]
December 13, 1945
Dr. John J. Eiler
College of Pharmacy
University of California
San Francisco, California
Dear Dr. Eiler:
I was pleased to receive your letter of December 10, and to know about the action that your group has taken with the letter on legislation and Federal aid to science and the statement on atomic power.
I was also pleased to learn about the decision of a group to form a Northern California Association of Scientists, to carry on the activities sponsored by the Federation of Atomic Scientists. A local group is now being former here, the Association of Pasadena Scientists, which is, I believe, to be associated with the Federation of Atomic Scientists. Dr. Richard N. Noyes, Gates and Crellin Laboratories of Chemistry, will be glad to give you more information about this Association.
- Letter from LP to Homer Smith RE: Informs him that he more in favor of the “Committee for a National Science Foundation” than the Committee supporting the Bush Report. Inquires as to the current political situation surrounding the proceedings. [Filed under Correspondence: Box #34.3, file:(Correspondence, Notes re: Science -- The Endless Frontier; A Report to the President, 1945)]
- Letter from LP to L. D. Hotchkiss, Editor, Los Angeles Times, RE: Acknowledges receipt of letter of December 11th, 1945 and thanks Hotchkiss for printing a correction. Also informs Hotchkiss that the representative responsible for the misquotation had contacted him. [Letter from Hotchkiss to LP December 11, 1945] [Filed under LP Correspondence: Box #219.13, File: (Los Angeles Times, 1945)]
- Letter from LP to R. O. Cox RE: Informs him that he will be in New York during parts of February and March of 1946, and would like to speak to the Caltech Club, as discussed in the telegram. [Telegram from Cox to LP January 10, 1945] [Filed under LP Correspondence Box: #74.13, file:(C: Correspondence 1945)]
- Letter from William Fowler to JR Oppenheimer RE: Summarizes the results of the Betatron Conference held by the Research Laboratory of the General Electric Company in Schenectady, New York on December 3, 1945. [Filed under California Institute of Technology: Research-related materials, 1944-1956: Box #1.028, Folder 28.1]