United States Senate
19 March 1964
Dr. Linus Pauling
Temple Beth Zion
5555 West Olympic Boulevard
Los Angeles 36, California
Dear Dr. Pauling:
It gives me pleasure to add my congratulations to you on the occasion of your receiving
the 1964-5724 Passover Liberty Award from Temple Beth Zion.
All mankind has benefitted from your discoveries and work in Science. Perhaps even
more will come from your students—the really great tribute to your teaching. But you
have assumed even more: the always difficult, always controversial, but always necessary
role for a healthful society, of the “prophet”. You have by it indeed proclaimed “liberty
throughout the land, and to all the inhabitants thereof.”
For a prophet to get honor in his own country is not usual, but Temple Beth Zion has
done well to make the exception. I wish to join with them in expressing appreciation.
I know that we all do so in the trust that it will in no wise inhibit your continued
assumption of the “prophetic” vocation.
Hubert H. Humphrey