Letter from Christian B. Anfinsen to Geoffrey W. Hoffman
This brief letter to a colleague at the University of British Columbia, in which Anfinsen wished Hoffman luck but declined
to join in contributing to a letter to "Science," illustrated several of the demands made on Anfinsen to promote numerous
social and public policy causes.
Thank you very much for the draft of your paper with Dr. Russell, and for asking me to become a co-signer. The idea you present
is, in my opinion, a good one, but I would imagine one that would be extremely difficult to find support for in governmental
circles. I would imagine that it would also be quite difficult to enlist the cooperation of "ordinary" citizens on
both sides of the fence to make a large and meaningful exchange. However, one never knows, and the process you describe might
eventually make a major impact.
I find myself in the position of becoming what might be called a professional petition and letter signer and, rather than
diluting what is left of my usefulness along these lines, I would like to be excused from coauthoring your letter to
Science. The flow of letters in the human rights arena and the nuclear war problems is quite large.
The very best of luck with your undertaking. I look forward to the publication of your statement.