Linus Pauling and the International Peace Movement All Documents and Media  
Home | Search | Narrative | Linus Pauling Day-By-Day

All Documents and Media

Letter from Ava Helen Pauling to Jacqueline Kennedy. July 15, 1961.
Ava Helen writes to warn Mrs. Kennedy of the danger to children of Strontium-90 poisoning and to reiterate her support for the control of nuclear weapons.


15 July 1961

Dear Mrs. Kennedy:

Your children, like all other children in the world, are laying down in their bones, along with the calcium, Strontium 90. This substance is present in the world because of the explosion of nuclear bombs. If more bombs are tested, the amount of strontium 90 will increase, and your children, accordingly, will have a greater change of being injured by this radioactive material in their bones.

I urge you to use your influence to safeguard your children as well as all of the children of the world by keeping the United States Government from resuming nuclear testing under any circumstances.

The Geneva negotiations must continue until agreement is reached.

Sincerely yours,

Ava Helen Pauling

Return to Document Page

Home | Search | Narrative | Linus Pauling Day-By-Day