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The Michael Heidelberger Papers

Letter from Michael Heidelberger to Edward Mellanby, Medical Research Council of Great Britain pdf (85,756 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Michael Heidelberger to Edward Mellanby, Medical Research Council of Great Britain
In this letter, Heidelberger declined the informal offer of the directorship of an immunological research institute the Medical Research Council was establishing outside London. The offer by the Council, the main public sponsor of biomedical research in the United Kingdom, was an expression of the high esteem accorded Heidelberger by his scientific colleagues.
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1947-09-15 (September 15, 1947)
Heidelberger, Michael
Mellanby, Edward
Medical Research Council of Great Britain
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Career Mobility
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Antigens and Antibodies: Heidelberger and The Rise of Quantitative Immunochemistry, 1928-1954
Metadata Record Letter from Edward Mellanby, Medical Research Council of Great Britain to Michael Heidelberger (July 30, 1947) pdf (123,910 Bytes) transcript of pdf
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September 15, 1947
Dear Sir Edward,
I have been giving very serious thought to your proposal that I organize and direct an Institute of Immunology at Carshalton, and have talked the matter over very thoroughly with many friends, relatives and advisers, including Doctors Palmer and Loeb, and the Dean of our Medical School.
They, as well as I, appreciate the great honor you have done me in making this offer. I value it far more than I can say, for to be asked to come and work with my English colleagues is, for me, an indefinitely touching and heart-warming sign of approbation and affection. All, however, agree with me that owing to this relatively few years remaining before I reach the retirement age, the interruption of productive work, even under the very favorable condition you have outlined, would be a serious one, and that it would be bettor to continue quietly, with a small group, as in the past.
I fear, therefore, that we shall have to proceed on the basis on which I came to London to familiarize myself with the problem, namely, that you may count on me at all times for such suggestions and advice as I may be able to give, and for all the time and thought necessary for the fullest assistance to you in this important step to advance the knowledge of immunology.
Gratefully yours,
Michael Heidelberger
P.S. I am enclosing my check for $10., which as nearly as I can calculate it, represents the unexpended portion of the L5 advanced by Dr. Harrington.
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