Original Repository: Oregon State University. Library. Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Papers
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Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
The Search for the Molecular Helix
December 27, 1938
I was very glad indeed to receive your letter and to learn about your life during the last six months. This period has indeed
been a serious one for the world. I am glad that you are able to continue work for some time at Oxford, and I hope that a
suitable permanent position for you turns up.
For some months my spare time has been devoted to completing the structure determinations for dimethylacetylene, dimethyldiacetylene,
cyanogen, diacetylene, and methyl cyanide, for incorporation with methylacetylene in a paper treating the methylacetylene
problem thoroughly. This work is now being completed, and after much thought I have succeeded in writing what seems to me
to be a satisfactory discussion. When the paper is typed, in a day or two, I shall send a copy to you, and at the same time
submit it to the J.A.C.S. for publication. Please write immediately to me about any suggestions which you have to make, so
that they can be incorporated in the proof.
We have on hand photographs of bromohydrindene, bromotetralene, and dibromoxylene, which seems suitable for structure determinations.
I could send them to you, or I can measure them and make the calculations here, for joint publication with you. This second
course would probably be simpler, since we have facilities here, although it is true that now that you are at Oxford you could
do the work in Sutton's laboratory. I shall keep the photographs until I hear from you.
Schlatter has not yet completed his cyclpropane preparation, mainly because he has been kept so busy with class work during
his first term as a graduate student that he hasn't been able to devote much time to research.
I shall write to Sutton separately about sulfurylchloride. Beach and Stevenson at Princeton have also made another investigation
of this substance.
If you send some trimethylstibinedibromide I shall have the trimethylstibine photographed.
We are now getting nicely settled in the new laboratory, with the electron diffraction apparatus just about in operation again
and with most of the x-ray apparatus at work. Did you know that Coreyell had been appointed Instructor at U.C.L.A.? We see
him about once a week, but not often enough to keep us from missing him. Corey is staying on here, and he just finished up
Albrecht's investigation of the crystal structure of glycene, which is thus the first amino acid for which a satisfactory
crystal structure determination has been made. Levy is spending a post-doctorate year, and is working on alanine, while Hughes,
whom you remember at Cornell, is attempting to handle glycylglycine. I hope that complete structure determinations can be
made of other compounds in this group also. Corey himself is going to carry on x-ray work on the proteins themselves from
Please write again. With best wishes for the coming year, I am