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The Michael Heidelberger Papers

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Letter from Michael Heidelberger to Alden H. Emery, American Chemical Society pdf (53,693 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Michael Heidelberger to Alden H. Emery, American Chemical Society
Description:
In this letter Heidelberger continued to object to the decision of the Admissions Committee of the American Chemical Society in 1953, at the height of the McCarthyism, to deny membership in the society to the French chemist and Nobel Laureate, Irene Joliot-Curie, on the grounds that she was a communist. Heidelberger objected that this decision was itself political, that it undermined the freedom of scientific inquiry in the United States, and that a candidate's scientific qualifications alone should determine eligibility for membership. As a member of the Reception Committee of the Joint Anti Fascist Refugee Committee, headed by Albert Einstein and Harlow Shapley, Heidelberger welcomed Joliot-Curie on her visit to the United States in March 1948.
Number of Image Pages:
1 (53,693 Bytes)
Date:
1954-03-30 (March 30, 1954)
Creator:
Heidelberger, Michael
Recipient:
Emery, Alden H.
American Chemical Society
Rights:
This item is in the public domain. It may be used without permission.
Subject:
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
Politics
Freedom
Exhibit Category:
Antigens and Antibodies: Heidelberger and The Rise of Quantitative Immunochemistry, 1928-1954
Relation:
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Box Number: 1
Folder Number: 15
Unique Identifier:
DHBBDZ
Document Type:
Letters (correspondence)
Language:
English
Format:
application/pdf
image/tif
Physical Condition:
Good
Folder: MS C 245 (first finding aid)
Transcript:
March 30th, 1954
Dear Mr. Emery,
Thank you for sending me the statement of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors. In my opinion it makes the situation worse, not better, and I deplore its issuance.
Communism is a disease, and it cannot be stamped out by treating it as a crime, or its advocates as criminals. The alternative to a modus vivendi with the communists is a war of extermination, and the action of the Executive Committee is along the latter path to destruction of civilization as we know it.
All of this, including the Committee's statement, is irrelevant, anyway, as according to my information, Mme. Joliot-Curie is not, and has not been, a member of the Communist party.
I ask you, please, to place this letter and our earlier correspondence before the Executive Committee.
Sincerely yours,
Michael Heidelberger
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2008-09-29
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