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Letter from Linus Pauling to A.A. Noyes. January 27, 1931.
Pauling writes to describe to Noyes his reasons for being interested in the job offer made by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


January 27, 1931.

Dear Professor Noyes:

I received the accompanying letter from Slater a few days ago. I do not want to leave Pasadena nor go to Cambridge; but I have felt for some time that Slater and I could very profitably work together. I know of no theoretical physicist whose point of view approaches mine more closely. But I doubt very much that M.I.T. would provide facilities for research as good as those here (in particular research assistants); although Slater’s letter is so vague on these points that anything might be possible.

So although I don’t plan to leave Pasadena, I am not sure that I should reject this offer without learning more about the position. I would probably be interested in a joint appointment in physics and chemistry. Houston suggested that as research professor I might feel uncomfortable among a group with heavy teaching duties in a large institute; he seems contented that he stayed here.

Linus Pauling

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