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Letter from Linus Pauling to Dr. E. C. Kleiderer. October 20, 1950.
Pauling writes in response to the cancellation of his consultant arrangement with Lilly Research Laboratories. He reflects positively on his time working with the company over the last few years.


October 20, 1950

Dr. E. C. Kleiderer, Executive Director

Research and Control

The Lilly Research Laboratories

Eli Lilly and Company

Indianapolis 6, Indiana

Dear Dr. Kleiderer:

I am sorry to learn from your letter of October 16 that the decision has been, made to cancel the consultant arrangement with me.

I am writing to say that I have enjoyed the intercourse that I have had with the Lilly Research Laboratories during the past four and a half years very much. I have learned a great deal from you and your colleagues. It seems to me that you have a very fine group of men on your staff, and it has been a pleasure to be associated with you.

I want also to say that I have a very high opinion of the Lilly Research Laboratories and of Eli Lilly and Company. Although I do not know nearly so much about other firms as about yours, I cannot help feeling that I have had the good fortune of being associated with the best one.

You probably know that I felt rather hesitant about entering into the consultant arrangement with the Lilly Laboratories four and a half years ago. I had not been associated with any company for a good many years, and I was afraid that the consultant arrangement might in some way interfere with my academic work and with what I consider my primary function in life, the discovery of new information about the world in which we live. It has been a source of satisfaction to me that my fears turned out to be without basis. My only worries about the consultant arrangement have resulted from a feeling that I might not be making a very significant contribution to your activities.

I want to say that I shall keep confidential all information that I have about Eli Lilly and Company. In particular, I do not propose to become associated with any other pharmaceutical house in the foreseeable future.

Sincerely yours,

Linus Pauling:W

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