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Page 1Letter from Linus Pauling to the Nobel Committee for Chemistry. March 15, 1960.
Pauling writes to offer his opinion of W. L. Bragg's nomination of James Watson, Francis
Crick and Maurice Wilkins for the 1960 Nobel Chemistry Prize. Though he feels that
their work is important, Pauling states that it is too early to grant Watson and Crick
a Nobel Prize, owing to the small uncertainties still surrounding their structure.
Pauling likewise notes that Wilkins' contributions are not sufficient to justify a
Nobel Prize, but that the protein research of Robert Corey, John Kendrew and Max Perutz
does deserve consideration. Transcript.
Date: March 15, 1960
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