- Letter from Cyril N. Hinshelwood, President, The Chemical Society, to LP RE: Sends congratulations from the Council of the Chemical Society to LP upon having received the Davy Medal. [Letter from LP to Hinshelwood January 12, 1948] [Filed under LP Correspondence: Box #159.7, file:(Hinshelwood, Cyril)]
- Letter from Dr. George L. Kreezer to LP RE: Reports on his communications with Hinshelwood at Oxford. Comments on the progress with his project and asks which semester would be better for him to work in the labs at Cal Tech if he cannot make it to Oxford this summer. [Letters from Kreezer to Aydelotte December 1, 1947, from LP to Kreezer December 16, 1947] [Filed under LP Correspondence: Box #200.12, file:(K: Correspondence, 1947)]
- Letter from Eric K. Rideal to LP RE: Explains that it will be possible to give a Friday Evening Discourse on Friday, February 27th, and looks forward to seeing him then. [LP's next letter: January 12, 1948] [Filed under: LP Speeches, 1948s.19]
- Letter from J.H. Bushill to LP RE: Bushill acknowledges that he received the photograph. [Filed under: LP Speeches, 1947s.15]
- Letter from LP to Dr. George L. Kreezer, Department of Psychology, Cornell University, RE: Notes that he learned from a copy of Kreezer's letter to Aydelotte that Kreezer has contacted Hinshelwood and approved his working in the lab at Oxford. [Letters from Kreezer to Aydelotte December 1, 1947, from LP to Kreezer December 16, 1947] [Filed under LP Correspondence: Box #200.12, file:(K: Correspondence, 1947)]
- Letter from LP to Dr. Kurt Mislow, Department of Chemistry, New York University, RE: States he is interested to hear of Mislow's research plans. Agrees to write a letter on his behalf. [Letters from Mislow to LP December 3, 1947, December 16, 1947] [Filed under LP Correspondence: Box #248.4, file:(Mislow, Kurt)]
- Letter from LP to Dr. R. Daudel RE: Thanking Daudel for inviting him to participate in the conference on isotopic exchange and molecular structure to be held next April in Paris. LP explains that he will try to have the manuscript in his hands by January 15. [Filed under: LP Speeches, 1948s.27]
- Letter from LP to Mr. Robert J. McPherson. [Letter from McPherson to LP December 5, 1947] [Filed under LP Correspondence: Box #255.14, file:(M: Correspondence, 1947)]
December 9, 1947
Mr. Robert J. McPherson
2644 Teresita Street
San Diego 4, California
Dear Mr. McPherson:
I am glad to give you the information available to me about the matter of converting salt water into fresh water, in which you express interest in your letter of December 5.
You mention that on November 24 the San Diego Journal carried a story stating that all the demineralized ocean water the State can use will be available at five cents a ton on the coast and that I had stated the cheap demineralization of ocean water will be made possible through the use of atomic power, and that on December 1 the San Diego Water Director G. E. Arnold said "It's the bunk - a very disturbing article. It shouldn't have been written; it's not sound at all."
I did not see the November 24 article. The estimate that distilled water could be made from ocean water through the use of atomic power at the cost of five cents a ton calculated on the basis of present knowledge about the utilization of atomic power was made by Dean Wendell M. Latimer, of the College of Chemistry of the University of California at Berkeley. Dean Latimer has a considerable knowledge about atomic energy that I do not have, and it is not possible for me to make a better estimate than that which he has made. I think that it is likely that this estimate is a sound one, and that we can hope that with further development of this very new technical subject, the utilization of atomic energy, it can be anticipated that distilled water could be made from ocean water at a much lower price. However, this development might take a number of years, and with political considerations about the atomic bomb what they are now, it is likely that it will take several decades.
I should also mention that both Dr. Morris and Dr. Franklin Thomas have pointed out to me that fresh water at sea level available at the cost of five cents a ton would not be of any interest at present in the Southern California region, because the present supplies of fresh water are much cheaper and the price at most one third as great would be necessary in order to compete economically. To summarize, I would say that it is entirely proper to expect that at some time in the future water supplies can be made available through the distillation of sea water by the use of atomic power, and that the cost of this water will be low enough to make it economically important. On the other hand, so long as atomic energy is considered to be primarily of importance for the manufacture of weapons, this peacetime development will probably be hindered, and the use of this new source of water cannot be considered as significant for the immediate future.
I am going to be in England during the next eight months, and accordingly am not able to come to San Diego and talk with you.
cc: Dr. Morris
- Letter from LP to Walter S. Rogers, Institute of Current World Affairs RE: Says he was pleased to receive his letter and informed Susskind, regrets that he will not be able to see him when he comes as he will serving as Eastman Professor at Oxford until September of 1948. [Letter from Rogers to LP December 2, 1947, memo from LP to Susskind December 9, 1947] [Filed under LP Correspondence: 378.1]
- Memo from Dr. J. H. Sturdivant to A. H. Walter RE: Sends the original and two copies of the agreement concerning the radon plant between Cal Tech and Dr. Clyde K. Emery. Requests Emery's signature be acquired if he finds the agreement satisfactory. (Notes in bottom margin: “Dr. Pauling: This Looks satisfactory to me. JHS” “Return file copy to J.H.S.”) [Undated note from Yost to LP (10-47 ?), Letter from LP to Emery December 10, 1947] [Filed under LP Correspondence: Box #108.5, file:(Emery, Clyde K.)]
- Memo from LP to Charles Susskind RE: Tells when Walter S. Rogers is planning to be in Pasadena and says he will try to meet him. [Letter from LP to Rogers December 9, 1947] [Filed under LP Correspondence: 378.1]
- Press Release from the Federation of American Scientists. Gives the Present State of the U.N. Negotiations on Atomic Energy. LP Peace: Box 3.018, Folder 18.1