After Franklin's departure from King's College, Randall wrote this letter demanding that she cease working on DNA
problems as soon as possible, and also cease advising her former assistant, graduate student Raymond Gosling, about his graduate
work. She finished writing up her DNA work during 1953, but continued to mentor Gosling.
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1953-04-17 (April 17, 1953)
Randall, J. T.
King's College London
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You will no doubt remember that when we discussed
the question of your leaving my laboratory you agreed that it
would be better for you to cease to work on the nucleic acid
problem and take up something else. I appreciate that it is
difficult to stop thinking immediately about a subject on which
you have been so deeply engaged, but I should be grateful if
you could now clear up, or write up, the work to the appropriate
stage. A very real point about which I am a little troubled
is that it is obviously not right that Gosling should be supervised by someone not specifically resident in this laboratory.
You will realise that the necessary reorganisation for this
purpose which arises from your departure cannot really proceed
while you remain, in an intellectual sense, a member of the