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Letter from Linus Pauling to Robert Corey. August 24, 1960.
Pauling writes to discuss the current allocation of laboratory, teaching and office space among different research groups housed in the Church Laboratory of Chemical Biology.


24 August 1960

Professor Robert Corey

California Institute of Technology

Dear Bob:

I have been thinking over the question of allocation of space in the Church Laboratory, and I wish that you, as a member of the appropriate committee of the Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and the one who is especially familiar with Church Laboratory, would consider the situation.

The Church Laboratory of Chemical Biology, as planned, was to be occupied, so far as the east half is concerned, by people in chemical biology or chemistry in relation to biology and medicine, all of whom have been to some extent associated with me. There is, of course, space used for general departmental purposes, such as classrooms and shop.

The original allocation of space had the third floor used for immuno-chemistry and medical chemistry. At the present time, except for nuclear magnetic resonance, the laboratories are in the main occupied by immuno-chemistry. Two of the laboratories, or rather one laboratory and one office, are used for the work in chemistry in relation to medicine that is supported by the Public Health Service grant that I am now responsible for, and that originally was under joint direction of you and me; Matt Meselson is the present worker in this category.

The rooms on the second floor were assigned and have been used for work under the direction of you and me. I don't think that there are any problems connected with the use of these rooms.

The rooms on the first floor were assigned and have been used for chroma-tographic work on proteins, work on abnormal hemoglobins, and so on, supervised by Dr. Schroeder and me.

Things are going along well, in my opinion, in all of the research fields for which these rooms are used. Some change will take place with respect to the program of research on chemistry in relation to medicine and the use of the two rooms on the third floor, because Dr. Meselson is leaving for Harvard, I have in mind continuing work in the general field along somewhat different lines. Dr. Meselson has told me that he probably will not leave until December.

I probably can dig out some of the early discussions of this matter, if necessary.

Linus Pauling:lh

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