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
Bernal, John Desmond
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.
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.