- Letter from Alex Smith, Editor, Humanity, to LP RE: At the suggestion of Professor Kathleen Linsdale, sends LP a copy of the March issue of Humanity. Inquires if LP would like to write a special article related to the moral and political implications of the H-bomb. [Letter from LP to Smith April 19, 1950] [Filed under LP Correspondence: (Eli Lilly and Company), #111.4]
- Letter from Clarence Zener, Institute for the Study of Metals, University of Chicago, to LP RE: Writes that he is very happy to have him visit on March 30 and hopes he can spend all day on campus. [Letter from LP to Zener March 8, 1950 and March 14, 1950] [Filed under LP Science: (American Chemical Society: Correspondence, 1950-1964), Box #14.006, Folder #6.2]
- Letter from David V. Ruben of the National Council of the Arts, Sciences, and Professions, to LP thanking him for the amended copy of his speech. He encloses copies of the General Resolution and Manifesto adopted in Mexico City. [Filed under LP Peace: Box #4.013, Folder #13.4]
- Letter from Dr. L.W. Butz, Head, Chemistry Branch, Office of Naval Research to LP RE: Discusses a time that they can visit about committee members, informs him on who is currently serving as heads of the other chemistry panels. Mentions reporting, how it is handled, and when he hopes to have LP’s committee set up by. Includes a list of the members of the four chemistry panels. [Letter from LP to Butz January 30, 1950 and March 13, 1950] [Filed under LP Science: (Office of Naval Research: Correspondence, Contract Status Reports and Project Status Reports, 1947-1962), Box #14.031, Folder #31.3]
- Letter from F. A. Gunther, Assistant Insect Toxicologist, Citrus Experiment Station, College of Agriculture, University of California at Riverside, to Walter J. Murphy, Editor, Chemical and Engineering News, cc. LP RE: Discusses his proposal for a new publication, Journal of Agricultural Chemistry and other matters. [Filed under LP Correspondence: (Chemical and Engineering News), #70.3]
- Letter from Inga Lucille Faller to Dr. Robert B. Corey, Caltech RE: Asks to renew her application if possible. Promises that she will be able to come to Pasadena to work next fall if a position is open. Adds that if there are any research fellowships in other fields of physical chemistry that she would be qualified for, she would be interested in those as well. [Letters from Corey to Faller June 2, 1949 and March 24, 1950] [Filed under LP Biographical: Academia: Box 1.017, Folder 17.3]
- Letter from LP to Dr. Clarence Zener, Institute for the Study of Metals, University of Chicago, RE: Writes that he does not have to attend a meeting in Chicago the last week in March and accordingly suggests changing his lecture date back to April 27. [Telegram from Zener to LP March 7, 1950, Letter from Zener to LP March 8, 1950] [Filed under LP Science: (American Chemical Society: Correspondence, 1950-1964), Box #14.006, Folder #6.2]
- Letter from LP to E. C. Kleiderer, Executive Director, Research and Control, Lilly Research Laboratories. [Letter from LP to Kleiderer March 23, 1950, Letter from Kleiderer to LP March 28, 1950] [Filed under LP Correspondence: (Eli Lilly and Company), #111.4]
March 8, 1950
Dr. E. C. Kleiderer
Eli Lilly and Company
Indianapolis 6, Indiana
Dear Dr. Kleiderer:
I am writing to ask if you would communicate to Mr. Lilly the accompanying plan for the foundation of a Laboratory of Medical Chemistry at the California Institute of Technology.
I myself am very enthusiastic about the possibilities for progress through basic research in medicine - research of such a nature that it can only be carried on effectively by workers in a leading school in the basic sciences. I feel sure that significant progress in attacking disease can be made by bringing medical research into more intimate contact with the most advanced outposts in basic science, and that the only way in which this can be done is to have medical research become an intrinsic part of the activities in laboratories in which basic science is being advanced.
Our immediate proposal is that we construct a Laboratory of Medical Chemistry at the California Institute of Technology, which would be completely integrated with the Gates and Crellin Laboratories of Chemistry, and essentially also with the Korokhoff Laboratory of Biology. We do not plan to have a separate staff in the Laboratory of Medical Chemistry; instead, the work in this laboratory would be carried on by the members of the Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, and would be under the administrative supervision of the Chairman of the Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. Part of our plan is to make available to young M.D.'s who are planning to go into a career of medical research opportunities for training in the basic sciences and for instruction in new techniques that might be useful in medical research. At the present time we have a half dozen young M.D.'s working along these lines in our chemistry laboratories, and we hope to increase this number significantly, so that in a few years there would be twelve or fifteen young men with M.D. degrees working in the Laboratory of Medical Chemistry, in collaboration with members of our staff, and obtaining in this way a sound knowledge of basic science, including its recent developments, and an acquaintance with the most modern techniques.
We have discussed this plan with a representative of some of the foundations, and it seems clear that it will be possible to obtain financial support for the program. Our principal need at the present time is the building itself - the Laboratory of Medical Chemistry. On the accompanying proposal it is mentioned that this Laboratory of Medical
Chemistry would cost approximately $ l,000,000. There is I think the possibility that a grant could be obtained from the National Health Institution to be used for construction for part of the building and for the provision of equipment. However, we must find a sum of approximately $ 750,000 for construction of the building before progress can be made with the program as a whole.
I have been encouraged to write to you, and to ask if you would submit this plan to Mr. Lilly for consideration, by the news that the Campbell Soup Company has made a grant of $ 1,000,000 to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and that this grant will be used for the construction of a building. I believe that the provision of a Laboratory of Medical Chemistry at the California Institute of Technology will indeed lead to very significant progress in the attack on the problem of human health and disease
A description of our general program is given in the application that we made four years ago to the National Foundation for Infertile Paralysis and the Rockefeller Foundation for grants in support of the program. The present plan, that of constructing a Laboratory of Medical Chemistry and of extending our activities to include the training of young M.D.'s for careers in medical research, is an outgrowth of the program described in 1946.
- Letter from Leonard H. Schwartz, Counsel, Alpha Eta Chapter, Phi Delta Epsilon Fraternity, to LP RE: Expresses his appreciation that LP accepted their invitation to deliver the annual lectureship. Confirms the date, March 24, 1950 at 11:00 A.M. Informs him of the honorarium. [Filed under LP Speeches: 1950s.11]
- Letter from W. H. Freeman to LP RE: Addresses LP’s recommendation of Jenkins for a physics editorship. [Letter from LP to Freeman March 13, 1950] [Filed under LP Correspondence: (W. H. Freeman and Company, 1950), #439.8]
- Letter from W. H. Freeman to LP RE: Tells LP to let him know if he needs an advance on his royalty because he will be leaving for a two-month trip. [Letter from LP to Freeman March 13, 1950] [Filed under LP Correspondence: (W. H. Freeman and Company, 1950), #439.8]
- Memo from LP to Dean Watson, cc: President DuBridge and Professor Sturdivant, RE: Recommends Prof. Dan Campbell and Prof. Verner Schomaker to a position of full professorship. [Filed under LP Biographical: Academia: (California Institute of Technology: Administrative Files, 1938-1971.), Box #1.030, Folder #30.8]
- Note from M. Laskowski, Department of Biochemistry, Marquette University School of Medicine, to LP RE: Inquires about the denial of his son’s application for a graduate assistantship in Caltech. Encloses a letter from Dean Lacey. [Letter from Bahs to LP March 14, 1950, Letter from LP to Laskowski March 25, 1950] [Filed under LP Correspondence: (L: Correspondence, 1950), #230.16]