Letter from Rosalind Franklin to Donald L. D. Caspar
Biophysicist Donald Caspar had recently finished his doctoral work on TMV structure, and had contacted Franklin at James Watson's
suggestion. In this letter she expressed her interest in his results and discusses the possibility of his working with her
at Birkbeck College. Caspar subsequently worked with Franklin's team during the 1955-56 year, helping them determine the
configuration of TMV.
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1955-05-19 (May 19, 1955)
Caspar, Donald L. D.
California Institute of Technology
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.
Many thanks for your two letters and diagrams. I'm very interested in your work, and look forward to having a copy of
your thesis. I shall be particularly interested to know more about what led to your present choice of signs. As you will
know for my letter to Jim, my choice of signs, paste on the existence of a helical groove, is slightly different. A paper
about this is still in preparation, and I'll send you a copy when it's ready.
It would be nice to have you working here for a few months, although I am afraid you will find that we have very little to
offer in the way of facilities and space. However, Jim will be able to tell you something about the sort of conditions in
which we work here, and if that doesn't put you off we shall be very glad to have you. I'm not sure what to understand
by "late summer", but I shall be away from the whole of August (first the Brussels conference, then a holiday), and
immediately on my return I expect to have two new people to look after, so it would be best if you would arrive some time
in the middle of September. If that is too late, near the beginning of the month would be possible.
Thank you for the offer of the Pb-TMV. If anything comes of the work with the I-TMV I certainly think it would be worth while
looking at both by both methods. Preliminary results with the I-TMV suggest that said that the change might be similar, I'll
let you know more when I've made some measurements.
I enclose the print you ask for.
I hope to be able to send you some manuscript in a few weeks time.