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Letter from Christian B. Anfinsen, Marshall W. Nirenberg to President of Brazil pdf (48,415 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Christian B. Anfinsen, Marshall W. Nirenberg to President of Brazil
Anfinsen and the 1968 Nobel Laureate in Physiology and Medicine, Nirenberg, protested the Brazilian government's purging of its renowned scientists Isaias Raw, Alberto Carvalho da Silva, and Helio Lourenco de Oliveira. In this letter to President Artur da Costa e Silva, the two scientists argued for continuity between the scientific exchange of ideas and political freedom.
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Date Supplied:
May 1969?
Anfinsen, Christian B.
Nirenberg, Marshall W.
Costa e Silva, Arthur
President of Brazil
Reproduced with permission of Libby Anfinsen.
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
Social Change
Exhibit Category:
Humanitarian and Political Activism, 1967-1994
Box Number: 9
Folder Number: 16
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Document Type:
Letters (correspondence)
Physical Condition:
Series: Correspondence, 1965-1999
SubSeries: Chronological Files, 1965-1999
Folder: 1965-1969
Dear Mister President:
The recent decision of your government to remove a number of Brazil's leading scientists and scholars from their University positions is a matter of grave concern to us. We feel that to deprive Brazil of the benefit of the intellectual and scientific leadership provided by such internationally eminent scientists as Profs. Isaias Raw, Alberto Carvalho da Silva and Helio Lourenco de Oliveira among others, will cause inestimable damage to the progress of science and education in Brazil. Moreover, the anti-intellectual image of the government, created by this unfortunate action, is certain to have serious repercussions among scientists in the world community, whose sympathy and cooperation is essential to the continued technological development of Brazil.
We appeal to you to look personally into this matter in order that these scholars are returned to their institutions and encouraged to pursue their work in a climate of intellectual freedom.
Marshall W. Nirenberg
Christian B. Anfinsen
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