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The Christian B. Anfinsen Papers

Letter from Christian B. Anfinsen to William Rogers pdf (57,994 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Christian B. Anfinsen to William Rogers
In this letter to the U.S. Secretary of State, Anfinsen requested assistance on behalf of Professor Veniamin G. Levich, a Soviet scientist who had accepted a position at Tel Aviv University but was not permitted to leave the Soviet Union.
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1972-05-08 (May 8, 1972)
Anfinsen, Christian B.
Rogers, William
United States Department of State
Reproduced with permission of Libby Anfinsen.
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
Persuasive Communication
Exhibit Category:
Humanitarian and Political Activism, 1967-1994
Box Number: 9
Folder Number: 17
Unique Identifier:
Document Type:
Letters (correspondence)
Physical Condition:
Series: Correspondence, 1965-1999
SubSeries: Chronological Files, 1965-1999
Folder: 1970-1973
May 8, 1972
Dear Mr. Secretary:
I have just been informed by Professor Kosower and his colleagues at Tel Aviv University in Israel of the difficulties being experienced by Professor Veniamin G. Levich and his family in the USSR subsequent to his decision to accept the offer of a position at Tel Aviv University as Professor of Chemistry there. He has been demoted from his position as Head of the Theoretical Electrochemistry Group in the Institute of Electrochemistry of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR. His older son has been dismissed from his position as engineer and his younger son, a theoretical physicist has been refused the right to apply for an emigration permit. Professor Levich, a member of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR and an internationally known and distinguished physical chemist and theoretical physicist, certainly has every right to make a free choice concerning his career and the place in which it is pursued, and I do hope that the powers that be in the Soviet Academy of Sciences can help to rectify the obvious disservice that has been performed against a talented individual and against the normal uninhibited progress of scientific research.
Sincerely yours,
Christian B. Anfinsen
Chief, Laboratory of Chemical Biology, NIAMD
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