Letter from Michael Heidelberger to Selman A. Waksman, Rutgers University Institute of Microbiology
In this letter Heidelberger proposed a laboratory budget for his impending first year as visiting investigator and honorary
professor at the Institute of Microbiology at Rutgers, founded and endowed by the discoverer of streptomycin, Selman Waksman.
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1953-11-30 (November 30, 1953)
Waksman, Selman A.
Rutgers University. Institute of Microbiology
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"If I Have a Few More Years to Work, I'm Going Ahead": An Active Retirement, 1954-1991
Following is a tentative annual budget and an estimate of space requirements for an ideal fully functioning Division of Immunochemistry
which would work primarily on fundamental problems and would also participate actively in the interests of other divisions:
Division head (Prof. of Immunochemistry) $12,500.
Staff associates 7,500
Annual post-doctorate fellow 4,000
Three graduate students 6,000
Laboratory helper for sterile glassware and animal work 2,800
Laboratory helper, cleaning 2,700
One-quarter time, secretarial help 1,000
Supplies and apparatus 2,700
Travel, contingencies 300
Unit laboratory and office for division head
5 unit laboratories for staff, fellows, students,
or equivalent in larger rooms.
1 store room
1 dark, or shared dark room
1 cold, or shared cold room
Dr. Plescia and I have estimated that basic equipment for such a division would cost about $20-25,000. We have an itemized
list which could be furnished if and when it would help you.
If the Division could start on some such basis it should function as a very useful and productive part of the Institute.
If I were to be considered as division chief it might be possible for me to close out my work here by June 30, 1955.
Many thanks for the enjoyable afternoon with you and Deborah the other day.