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Letter from Linus Pauling to Roger Adams. May 4, 1945.
Pauling writes to suggest that his research group conduct a study of special alloys in conjunction with the Navy's interest in hyper-velocity guns.


May 4, 1945

Dr. Roger Adams

1703 - 32nd Street N.W.

Washington 25, D.C.

Dear Roger:

I have been thinking over the Navy proposal No. 5, and I am writing to ask your advice about the propriety of suggesting a small contract between the RBNS and the California Institute of Technology for work in this field.

I myself have been very much interested in the matter of the structure of metals and alloys. From time to time I have done a small amount of work in this field, but I have never settled down to making a straightforward attack on the problems which the field presents. Professor J.H. Sturdivant of our department is also interested. We have available not only the X-ray facilities but also apparatus for preparing special alloys and for measuring some properties under dynamic loading conditions. Work in this field was carried out for several years under OSRD Contract OEMsr-348, for which Professor D.S. Clark was Official Investigator.

Do you think it would be in order for me to propose a contract? If we were to do some of this work, we could probably get started in six months or a year.

Cordially yours,

Linus Pauling


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