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The Christian B. Anfinsen Papers

Title:
Letter from Robert S. Adelstein, Christian B. Anfinsen, Julius Axelrod, Jack S. Cohen, Philip Leder, Maxine Singer, Bernhard Witkop, Earl R. Stadtman to Richard M. Nixon pdf (61,783 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Robert S. Adelstein, Christian B. Anfinsen, Julius Axelrod, Jack S. Cohen, Philip Leder, Maxine Singer, Bernhard Witkop, Earl R. Stadtman to Richard M. Nixon
Description:
In this letter, an "Ad Hoc Committee of Scientists," including Anfinsen, wrote to express their concern about the Soviet government's abuses of scientists and the violation of their basic human rights.
Number of Image Pages:
1 (61,783 Bytes)
Date:
1973-01-16 (January 16, 1973)
Creator:
Adelstein, Robert S.
Anfinsen, Christian B.
Axelrod, Julius
Cohen, Jack S.
Leder, Philip
Singer, Maxine
Witkop, Bernhard
Stadtman, Earl R.
Recipient:
Nixon, Richard M.
White House
Rights:
Reproduced with permission of Libby Anfinsen.
Subject:
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
Human Rights
Coercion
International Cooperation
Exhibit Category:
Humanitarian and Political Activism, 1967-1994
Box Number: 9
Folder Number: 17
Unique Identifier:
KKBBFY
Document Type:
Letters (correspondence)
Language:
English
Format:
application/pdf
image/tif
Physical Condition:
Good
Series: Correspondence, 1965-1999
SubSeries: Chronological Files, 1965-1999
Folder: 1970-1973
Transcript:
January 16, 1973
Dear Mr. President,
We address you to express our serious concern over the obstacles and hardships imposed by the Soviet Government on the right of scientists and academicians to leave the U.S.S.R. and to travel abroad.
We strongly favor expansion of scientific exchange between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. and staunchly support the spirit of the recent bilateral agreements. But, our readiness, personal and professional, to welcome Soviet scientists to our research centers and laboratories will be impaired by the awareness that many of our colleagues in the U.S.S.R. are prohibited from travelling abroad and pursuing their scientific careers wherever they may choose.
A wide range of punitive sanctions have been taken against scientists who have applied to emigrate from the U.S.S.R.: dismissal from positions, prohibition on scientific research, public harassment, arbitrary refusal of exit permits, and finally imposition of harsh and unreasonable head taxes.
We are profoundly disturbed at these violations of basic human rights. As scientists, moreover, we are especially alarmed at a policy that undercuts one of the foundations of science -- its international character, which presupposes the free flow of people and ideas.
We ask you, Mr. President, to take note of our deep concern and to do everything in your power to alleviate this situation of international significance.
Ad hoc Committee of Scientists
Robert S. Adelstein
Christian B. Anfinsen
Julius Axelrod
Jack S. Cohen
Philip Leder
Maxine Singer
Bernhard Witkop
Earl R. Stadtman
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