Letter from E. F. Williams, Passano Foundation to Oswald T. Avery
In this letter, Avery is informed that he has been chosen to receive the Passano Foundation Award for 1949. Avery was the
fifth recipient of the award, which is given each year to the "person or persons who have made an outstanding contribution
to the advancement of medical science" in the United States. Since 1945, over 20 Passano Laureates have gone on to win
the Nobel Prize.
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1949-03-04 (March 4, 1949)
Williams, E. F.
Avery, Oswald T.
Original Repository: Tennessee State Library and Archives. Oswald T. Avery Papers
Reproduced with permission of E. Magruder Passano Jr.
After the Discovery: The Transforming Principle's Reception by the Scientific Community
March 4, 1949
Dear Doctor Avery:
At the direction of the Board of Directors of the Passano Foundation, we have the honor to inform you that you have been chosen
as the recipient of the Passano Foundation Award for 1949.
The Award is in the sum of five thousand dollars and is conferred in recognition of your outstanding contributions to the
field of bacteriology with particular reference to the clinical applications which have been developed from your fundamental
This Award comes to you not solely as an evaluation of this Board. Advice has been widely sought and the final result represents
a consensus among persons best qualified to judge the merits of such contributions as you have made.
Following established custom we shall want to present the award to you in person. The occasion will be the annual Passano
Foundation dinner which has been scheduled for the evening of Wednesday, June 8th, at the Marlborough-Blenheim hotel in Atlantic
City, New Jersey. This is the middle of the week of the meeting of the American Medical Association there in Atlantic City
and some one-hundred or more distinguished guests are invited.
We trust that you will prepare a paper to be read on the occasion describing those phases of your work which you regard as
Meantime we trust that we may be honored with your formal acceptance of the award.