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The Rosalind Franklin Papers

Letter from John Desmond Bernal to A. Tattersall pdf (64,211 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from John Desmond Bernal to A. Tattersall
J. D. Bernal was director of the biophysics program at Birkbeck College, and supported Franklin's work in every way he could. In this letter he expressed his confidence that given continued funding, Franklin's work would break new ground.
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ca. Spring 1953
Bernal, John Desmond
Tattersall, A.
Original Repository: Churchill Archives Centre. The Papers of Rosalind Franklin
Reproduced with permission of Martin Bernal.
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
Fellowships and Scholarships
Nucleic Acids
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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
Dear Sir,
Rosalind E. Franklin, I.C.I. Fellowship
I would like to support very strongly the application for the extension of the Fellowship of Miss R.E. Franklin for a further year. The question of the transfer of Miss Franklin's Fellowship from King's College to Birkbeck College was first suggested last summer but, due to the way in which her work on nucleic acid structure developed and the extremely significant results it was yielding, her transfer was effectively postponed until this Spring.
I had been very anxious to get her assistance in a new attack on problems of virus structure, for which we have particular experience and facilities here, and Miss Franklin is already constructing special apparatus for this purpose. It is now clear, however, that she cannot expect to start effective observations until the autumn and that results are unlikely to be obtained until well into 1954.
I have every confidence that here, as in other problems she has investigated, Miss Franklin will break new ground but I feel she should be given the chance to do so without interruption and therefore hope that it will be possible for her Fellowship grant to be extended for a further year.
Yours sincerely,
J.D. Bernal.
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