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The Christian B. Anfinsen Papers

Letter from Christian B. Anfinsen to Walter Keighton pdf (107,515 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Christian B. Anfinsen to Walter Keighton
In this letter written on the occasion of Keighton's retirement from the faculty at Swarthmore College, Anfinsen fondly recalled the classes he took from his old professor and briefly surveyed his own career.
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1971-04-21 (April 21, 1971)
Anfinsen, Christian B.
Keighton, Walter
Reproduced with permission of Libby Anfinsen.
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Folder Number: 17
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Letters (correspondence)
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Series: Correspondence, 1965-1999
SubSeries: Chronological Files, 1965-1999
Folder: 1970-1973
April 21, 1971
Dear Walt:
It is hard to believe that it has been thirty-four years since I was last exposed to your valiant efforts to stuff useful chemical information into the heads of the fledgling chemists of the class of 1937. The teaching methods at the college in those days and the vigor and love with which the teaching process was carried out by you and Jerry Creighton and Duncan Foster made a real difference for us in the subsequent graduate school years, and we were very conscious of the thoroughness and quality of our educational background.
In my own case, I gave organic chemistry a whirl for two years and then shifted into biochemistry at Harvard Medical School after an interlude fellowship at the Carlsberg Laboratory in Copenhagen. Since receiving my Ph.D. at Harvard in 1943, I have stuck to biochemistry both at Harvard Medical School until 1950 and at the National Institutes of Health since that time. Only recently have I returned in part to the world of organic synthesis in connection with the preparation of synthetic analogs of enzymes, of use in the study of structure in relation to function.
The National Institutes of Health has been a very good home base for my professional activities. A continual flow of extraordinarily bright young colleagues has been a source of great personal satisfaction and professional stimulation, and we have indeed initiated for this large flux of visitors a program based very heavily on the Honors System at Swarthmore College.
I have published quite a large number of scientific papers, book chapters and reviews over the years, and a monograph entitled "The Molecular Basic of Evolution." I was awarded a Rockefeller Public Service Award in 1954, a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1958, and was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1963 and the Royal Danish Academy in 1964. Honorary degrees have come from Swarthmore, Georgetown University and New York Medical College. I am at present also quite active as a member of the Executive Council of the Board of Governors of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel.
I hope you will have many years of continuing association with the college and with all of us who are so grateful to your role in our professional lives.
Sincerely yours,
C. B. Anfinsen
Laboratory of Chemical Biology, NIAMD
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, Maryland
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