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Letter from Linus Pauling to Stanley Swingle. March 2, 1948.
Pauling writes to suggest that Swingle be cautious in approaching a possible work opportunity with the Hallige Company. Pauling also convey a few details of the attitudes and material circumstances prevailing in post-war England.


Balliol College

Oxford, England

March 2, 1948

Dr. Stanley M. Swingle

Fisikalisk Kemiske Institutet

Uppsala Universitet

Uppala, Sweden

Dear Stanley:

I was pleased to get your letter, and to learn that it is you who was responsible for the smooth passage that we had across the Atlantic. We were indeed fortunate to have got across with so little inconvenience. Dave Shoemaker said that you had not had such good luck.

We saw Professor Tiselius in London a couple of days ago. He said that the Claessons had returned, and seemed to be well satisfied with their American experiences.

As to your possible collaboration with the Hollige Company on the manufacture of an elecrophoresis apparatus, I would say that there is no ruling at Cal. Tech. that would interfere with this collaboration, so long as it involves a minor amount of your time, and also does not involve your turning any inventions over to the company made under Cal. Tech. employment. If this question is involved, then it would, I think, be desirable to have the Patents Committee check up on the matter. My own recommendation to you would be not to get mixed up with the company unless the financial arrangement is a really satisfactory one to you.

I am interested to learn that you like it in Sweden. My wife and I were very pleased with the place last summer, and we had originally planned to go back for a visit next summer, that is, this August. However, we have now decided not to do so much travelling, and accordingly shall not visit the Scandinavian countries at this time. You mention that you are considering getting a job in Sweden for the winter of '48-49, but I judge from the context that you mean the winter of '49-50. I shall be glad to learn how your plans develop.

We are all getting along very well in England. Of course England is on much stricter rations that Sweden, and the supplies of food, clothing, and other materials are rather


Dr. Swingle March 2, 1940

Meager, compared with Swedish standards. There is, however, very little complaint. Moreover, I have not noticed anything similar to the attitude that you have discovered in the British in Sweden, namely their taking offense at anything that suggests that America is better off than England. Perhaps the Britishers who travel to Sweden are a selected lot, and not a random sample.

With best regards to Mrs. Swingle, I am

Sincerely yours,

Linus Pauling:per

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