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Letter from Linus Pauling to W. A. Wooster, August 8, 1940.
Pauling writes to express his interest in the possibility of Max Perutz conducting protein research at Caltech and to inform Wooster of the changes that have been ushered into Pauling's life as a result of the outbreak of war.


August 8, 1940

Dr. W.A. Wooster

Department of Mineralogy and Petrology

Downing Street

Cambridge, England

Dear Dr. Wooster:

I wish to thank you for your letter about Dr. Perutz. It would, indeed, be fine to have him carrying on protein work in this laboratory, where Corey, Hughes and several other men are already doing work on the proteins and related substances. Our funds for the coming year are completely allocated, but I am approaching the Rockefeller Foundation with the suggestion that a special fellowship be granted Dr. Perutz.

Life in our laboratories is as yet little changed by the imminence of the war, although some investigations dealing with national defense have been begun. I find, however, that a good portion of my time is taken up by my activities with the Committee to Defend America by Aiding the Allies, the Inter-Democracy Federal Union, and similar organizations.

With the best regards, I am,

Sincerely yours,

Linus Pauling


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