Letter from Lewis J. Brown to Marshall W. Nirenberg
This letter from Nirenberg's former roommate attests to the acclaim granted Nirenberg from articles like the one published
in Chemical Engineering magazine that caught Brown's eye. Brown predicts Nirenberg will soon assume the chair of an outstanding
Item is handwritten.
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1962-02-10 (February 10, 1962)
Brown, Lewis J.
Nirenberg, Marshall W.
Reproduced with permission of Lewis J. Brown.
Synthetic RNA and the Poly-U Experiments, 1959-1962
My father saw this article about you in Chem and Eng. Magazine in regard to protein metabolism My old roommate has made his
mark in the world and we're all proud of you. I visualize a rapid climb to the top of the biochemical heap within a few
short months or years. Perhaps at this moment you are in the process of packing and moving to some large university to assume
the chair of an outstanding department.
How have you been? I would like to hear that you are married but have my doubts what about this point? Victor Blom recently
wrote that Connie and June are living in Tennessee somewhere, associated with Vanderbilt. I guess that sort of leaves you
the lone Wolverine remaining in D.C.
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My program is moving along really. I'm now doing some time in neuroanatomy teaching the freshman students the basic element
-- fancy that, can you? Soon I shall return to the wards and assume the chief resident position I'm hoping to be out of
here within 2 years. Where I shall finally settle remains a mystery -- perhaps we will return to the midwest.
The world's fair is being held in Seattle this year, as you know. What are the chances for your coming out here to go
to the fair and see us in Portland -- you could use a nice vacation trip -- Think about this, I'm serious
We would appreciate a letter from you about your present status and what the future will bring -- it looks very bright from
the way I look at it