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The Joshua Lederberg Papers

Title:
Letter from Frank Stodola to Joshua Lederberg Annotation pdf (86,266 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Frank Stodola to Joshua Lederberg
Description:
Item is handwritten.
Number of Image Pages:
2 (86,266 Bytes)
Date:
1944-11-09 (November 9, 1944)
Creator:
Stodola, Frank
Recipient:
Lederberg, Joshua
Exhibit Category:
Biographical Information
Relation:
Lederberg Grouping: Correspondence A
Box Number: 6
Folder Number: 67
Unique Identifier:
BBAFIR
Accession Number:
8
Document Type:
Letters (correspondence)
Language:
English
Format:
application/pdf
image/tif
Series: Correspondence, 1935-2002
SubSeries: 1925-1947
Folder: Stodola, Frank
Transcript:
Northern Regional Research Laboratory
Nov. 9, 1944
Dear Joshua:
I was happy to learn of your graduation and the well--deserved hours that went with it. Now that you are in medical school your work should be a little more interesting. Keep after those stuffy Profs to let you do the research work you have in mind. But don't try to solve too much at one time. When one is starting this research business it is sometimes a good idea to sacrifice a little in vastness in order to obtain a clean and definite result. But don't pay too much attention to what I say; I expect you to go a lot farther in research then I will. It is only that I think you have great possibilities and I would feel good if, in some small way, I could help you realize those possibilities by avoiding some of the
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usual mistakes. Send me your published papers as they appear so I can see how you are getting along.
I'm still working on that wonderful stuff. Here are already five of them, all isolate in the crystalline state--one of them by us. We know how they are related to one another structurally but we still do not know the structure for certain. My guess is that synthesis is a long way off. Certainly it will have no effect on penicillin production in this war. We are also looking for new anti-biotics active against the gram-negatives. It is all very interesting and I'm very happy here.
Please write again and tell me how things are going.
Sincerely,
Frank Stodola
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Annotation by Joshua Lederberg:
KW:penicillin precursors;

again enormous encouragement, advice to keep focus.

jl 9/13/98