Letter from Chauncey D. Leake, University of Texas Medical Branch to Charles Heidelberger
Heidelberger was twice president of the American Association of Immunologists, in 1947 and 1949. In both of his respective
presidential addresses, "Science, Freedom, and Peace" and "Ivory Pawn in the Ivory Tower," he stressed the
obligation of scientists to oppose war and to reemphasize Benjamin Franklin's dictum that science transcended national
boundaries. Leake echoed Heidelberger's sentiments, stating that science "is the most important unifying force .
. . in the world today."
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1947-09-16 (September 16, 1947)
Leake, Chauncey D.
University of Texas. Medical Branch
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Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
Antigens and Antibodies: Heidelberger and The Rise of Quantitative Immunochemistry, 1928-1954
I have just read your Presidential Address to the American Association of Immunologists on "Science, Freedom, and Peace".
This is a stirring challenge, and I hope sincerely that you will have the satisfaction of wide appreciation and following.
It is my opinion that it is necessary for all scientists to eschew secrecy at once. We should under no circumstance engage
in secret undertakings, and it should be clearly understood that the result of our efforts are to be made public as soon as
convenient and as soon as they are in proper order.
Science implies freedom. It is the most important unifying force which we can develop in the world today. I do hope that you
will continue your exhortations on this theme. I hope further that you will find an enthusiastic following from your colleagues.
At least we will do our share in this part of the country!