Letter from Howard H. Hiatt, Harvard University to Marshall W. Nirenberg
Hiatt, Dean at the Harvard School of Public Health, encloses the statement presented to Pope John Paul II at the recent meeting
of Presidents of the National Scientific Academies. Carlos Chagas and Viki Weisskopf ask that Nirenberg sign the statement,
"Declaration of Prevention on Nuclear War," as a member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. Hiatt informs Nirenberg
that there was virtual unanimity among the scientists regarding the statement.
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1982-09-27 (September 27, 1982)
Hiatt, Howard H.
Nirenberg, Marshall W.
Reproduced with permission of Howard H. Hiatt.
Beyond the Laboratory: Professional, Personal, and Political Life, 1967-2002
Declaration on Prevention of Nuclear War (September 24, 1982)
I enclose the statement presented to the Pope at the recent meeting of Presidents of the National Scientific Academies (and
others) at the Vatican. Carlos Chagas and Viki Weisskopf ask that you sign the statement as a member of the Pontifical Academy,
if you are willing, and then that you telex the Academy to inform
them that you have done so. The signed documents should be sent
to Viki's office, 6-303, MIT, Cambridge 02139.
It was a very moving meeting. The statement represents a virtual unamity among the scientists. It was received with gratitude
by the Pope, who said that he considers no other issue more important.