Letter from Michael Heidelberger to F. M. Burnet, University of Melbourne
In this letter to immunologist and Nobel Laureate Sir MacFarlane Burnet, Heidelberger made suggestions for his upcoming visit
to Australia and to Burnet's home institution, the University of Melbourne.
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1966-02-28 (February 28, 1966)
Burnet, F. M.
University of Melbourne
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"If I Have a Few More Years to Work, I'm Going Ahead": An Active Retirement, 1954-1991
Letter from F. M. Burnet, University of Melbourne to Michael Heidelberger (March 7, 1966)
As I wrote Derick Rowley some time ago and told Gus Nossal recently, my wife and I have for a long time thought of visiting
Australia and New Zealand and now have begun to consider it seriously. Do you think a stay from about October 15 to November
15, 1966 would suffice for visits to most of the centers and sights of interest, and, more particularly, will you be in Melbourne
at that time?
I should be very grateful for your advice as to whether there might be sufficient interest in what I would have to say so
that I could give occasional lectures or seminars. I could, for example, give an historical one on "the development of
quantitative microchemical methods in immunology" and one or two, depending upon the audience, on "chemical constitution
and immunological specificity," which should be of interest to organic chemists as well as biological scientists.
My wife is a professional violinist and violist and I am an amateur clarinetist. We usually travel with our instruments and
would be happy to play sonatas, trios, or quintets with able colleagues or resident musicians as we went along.
Hoping, then, that next autumn might be a suitable time to visit you and my other colleagues in your region, and with cordial