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The Rosalind Franklin Papers

Letter from Rosalind Franklin to John Desmond Bernal pdf (41,113 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Rosalind Franklin to John Desmond Bernal
During Franklin's 1954 visit to the United States, she learned that several American researchers had begun x-ray diffraction studies of TMV. Concerned that her team's leadership in this area might soon be challenged, she wrote to Bernal, who was traveling in China at the time, and asked permission to submit her latest results to Nature without waiting for his usual review of the article.
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ca. 2 September 1954
Franklin, Rosalind
Bernal, John Desmond
[Birkbeck College]
Original Repository: Churchill Archives Centre. The Papers of Rosalind Franklin
Reproduced from the Franklin Collection at the Churchill Archives Centre with the permission of the copyright holder.
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
Tobacco Mosaic Virus
X-Ray Diffraction
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Envisioning Viruses: Birkbeck College, London, 1953-1958
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Letters (correspondence)
Series: Work on Tobacco Mosaic Virus (TMV)
Folder: Franklin File kept by Professor Bernal, Birkbeck College, 1953-1958
Sept. 2nd [1954]
Dear Professor Bernal,
This is just to tell you that already at this early stage of my journey I have heard of 3 serious X-ray diffraction studies on TMV in progress in this country, and I should therefore like to write up and publish something on what I have done as soon as possible. Would you be happy about my doing this and sending it in without waiting for your return from China? It would be just on the lines of what I said in Paris, and probably the best thing would be a note to Nature for a start -- I could have that ready by the time I get back to London. I think Acta Biochemica Biophysica would be the nicest place for a longer account of it.
A. Rich at Pasadena has taken photographs of the rod-shaped RNA-free TMV material, prepared at Berkeley following the work of Jeemer [?], and obtained something grossly resembling the normal TMV photograph.
My address during the next 2 weeks will be c/o Dr. Harker at Brooklyn.
Yours sincerely,
Rosalind Franklin
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