At the end of 1945 Pauling was actively seeking for research funding for the biology
and chemistry departments at Caltech. He submitted a grant to the Rockefeller Foundation
asking for six million dollars over 15 years beginning in 1947 for "a joint program
of research on the fundamental problems of biology and medicine". The Rockefeller
Foundation gave Caltech only $50,000 that year, but the next year Caltech acquired
a continuing grant of $700,000 distributed over seven years. Two newly appointed members
to Caltech's faculty greatly helped Pauling acquire the grant. They were President
Lee A. DuBridge and chair of the biology department George W. Beadle. All three men wanted to see the incorporation of chemistry and biology, specifically
Immediately after the publication on sickle cell anemia appeared in 1949, Pauling,
Beadle and DuBridge tried unsuccessfully to get funding from the Rockefeller Foundation
and other philanthropic organizations to build and develop a Medical Chemistry laboratory
at Caltech. Although this did not happen as first envisioned, their efforts eventually
proved successful and they received substantial sums of money from the Ford and Rockefeller
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Portrait of George Beadle. 1950s.
"Confidential Monthly Report." January 1, 1949.
"I am very sorry you were not here during Warren [Weaver]’s visit because you started
it all and are certainly the one responsible for getting Chemistry and Biology in
a position where there’s a good chance of collecting some nice blue chips."