Letter from Phoebus A. Levene, Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research to Michael Heidelberger
In this letter Phoebus A. T. Levene related the positive reaction to Heidelberger's work by a European colleague, and
recounted details of his European vacation. Heidelberger had first met the biochemist Levene during his initial exploratory
visit to the Rockefeller Institute in 1911, when Levene recommended that Heidelberger study a year in Europe, specifically
with Richard Willstatter in Zurich, to enhance his chances of receiving an appointment at a major research university in the
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1926-09-02 (September 2, 1926)
Levene, Phoebus A.
Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research
Courtesy of Michael Heidelberger.
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I was very glad to get your letter and to hear that you had a satisfactory summer. - Glad that you decided to publish summaries
of your work both in the Chemical and Physiological Reviews. While in France I met Professor Besredka and he spoke in the
highest terms of your work, so you see it has great recognition not only in this country but also abroad.
We too had a very satisfactory summer. Crossing to France was quite satisfactory even though the food on the Royal Mail Line,
as usual, was nothing to rave about. On the other hand, on the return trip, the food was excellent but the sea did not behave
quite so well. So the average was good. Personally, I have rested and gained weight on the return trip more than I have
ever done in any eight days.
Evian is one of the nicest places we have ever visited and we can recommend it highly to anybody who wants a peaceful time
and most interesting and picturesque surroundings.
I wish to congratulate you on your tenth anniversary. I wish I had known about it before so that our greetings might have
been more timely.