- Check from AHP to The Woodner for $0.87. [Filed under LP Biographical: Business and Financial: Bank Statements and Canceled Checks, December 1954-February 1956: Box #4.023, Folder #23.2] [Also filed under LP Biographical: Business and Financial: Check Registers, 1951-1962: Box #4.075, Folder #75.5]
- Letter from Dr. E.B. Chain, F.R.S., Isitituto Superiore di Sanita, Italy, to LP RE: Invites LP to speak on Avogadro's contribution to physics and chemistry at the Avogadro Commemoration Ceremony this summer. The Italian Academy XL would cover all LP's expenses. LP's trip to Rome could be combined with a lecture tour to other Italian universities. [Letter from LP to Chain January 26, 1956] [Filed under LP Speeches: 1956s.25]
- Letter from LP to Allan Botshon, Yale Law School Forum, RE: Pleased accept the invitation to speak before the Yale Law School Forum. Suggests April 23 or 24 for the talk. Suggests that his title be "Science and Freedom." [Letters from Botshon to LP December 19, 1955, January 27, 1956] [Filed under LP Speeches: 1956s.17]
- Letter from LP to George Willard Wheland, University of Chicago, RE: Thanks Wheland for the copy of his book, Resonance in Organic Chemistry. Inquires about the topic of resonance discussed in the book. [Letter from Wheland to LP January 20, 1956] [Filed under LP Correspondence: (Wheland, G. W.), #437.7]
- Letter from LP to J. Douglas Brown, Princeton University, RE: Highly recommends Dr. Frank H. Johnson from promotion to full Professor. Commends a book co-authored by Johnson. [Letters from Brown to LP January 9, 1956, January 19, 1956] [Filed under LP Correspondence: (J: Correspondence, 1956), #192.22]
- Letter from LP to Leonora N. Bilger, University of Hawaii, RE: Proposes possible dates for the dedication of a new chemistry laboratory in Honolulu. [Filed under LP Correspondence: (Bergeman, Thomas H.), #27.17]
- Letter from LP to Richard T. Arnold, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Inc. [Letter from Arnold to LP January 19, 1956] [Filed under LP Correspondence: (Roberts, John D.), #330.6]
16 January 1956
Dr. Richard T. Arnold
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Inc.
30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York 20, N.Y.
Dear Dr. Arnold:
I am writing to nominate Professor John D. Roberts for a grant for support of research by the Sloan Foundation, in the field of exploratory work on organic syntheses and reaction mechanisms.
For some time I did not think of nominating Professor Roberts, because I had the feeling that you were interested in younger men. However, I realize that Professor Roberts is only 37 years old, and that I had thought of him as older because he has such a fine reputation as a scientist. I think that you know Professor Roberts well enough for me to make only a rather brief proposal.
Professor Roberts would like to have some uncommitted funds to permit him to investigate rather long-shot possibilities in the field of organic chemistry - researches requiring rather more skillful and adventurous personnel than even the best graduate students, who tend to conservatism because of thesis requirements. He would like to have funds enough for a post-doctoral fellow, over a two or three year period, who might work on meta-stable organic substances obtainable only by unusual reactions, and preservable in substantial quantities at liquid air or liquid helium temperatures. This work might be done in part in collaboration with Professor Pellam. The grant required for this purpose would be about $6,000 per year.
At the present time Professor Roberts is carrying on research in organic chemistry with the aid of general funds of the California Institute of Technology, and also of the following special funds:
1. Carbonium ion rearrangements (l954-1956), supported by the Petroleum Research Fund of the American Chemical Society, about $8,000 per year. Application has been made for a terminal award, for the year 1956-1957.
2. Small-ring compounds (1955-1957), supported by the National Science Foundation, about $6,000 per year.
3. Fixation of nitrogen (1954-), supported by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, one grant of $15,000, to be spread out as desired.
In addition, Professor Roberts has applied to the Office of Naval Research for support of research in the fields of photochemistry and nuclear magnetic resonance, $10,000 per year for one to three years.
It is my opinion that Professor Roberts is so outstanding in originality that it is well worth while for him to be given support that he may use in carrying out investigations along imaginative and perhaps unpromising lines. His Guggenheim Fellowship grant is of this sort, but it will be used up before long, and Professor Roberts has some other ideas that he wishes to try out.
I think that Professor Roberts is one of the most promising, able, and original organic chemists in the country, and that he could be counted on to do something worth while with a grant made to him by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
- Letter from LP to Shiro Takashima, University of Minnesota, RE: Points out mistakes in Takashima's paper on oxygen equilibrium of horse hemoglobin. [Letter from Takashima to LP 1956] [Filed under LP Correspondence: (T: Correspondence, 1956), #411.1]
- Letter from W. C. Nixon, University of Redlands, to LP RE: Requests to visit LP in Pasadena to learn of his work with the X-ray. [Filed under LP Correspondence: (N: Correspondence, 1956), #287.23]
- Magazine Article: "The Word and the World," Newsweek, January 16, 1956. [Filed under LP Biographical: (LP Scrapbooks, 1951-1955), Box #6.006, Folder #6.168]
- Newsletter: Federation of American Scientists. [Filed under LP Peace: Federation of American Scientists, 1948-1993: Box #4.007, Folder #7.2]
- Proposed Itinerary: University of Minnesota, Minneapolis [Filed under LP Travel: Box #1.002, Folder #2.1]