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The Linus Pauling Papers

Title:
An Appeal by American Scientists to the Governments and People of the World pdf (63,014 Bytes) transcript of pdf
An Appeal by American Scientists to the Governments and People of the World
Number of Image Pages:
1 (63,014 Bytes)
Date:
1957-12 (December 1957)
Creator:
Pauling, Linus
Source:
Original Repository: Oregon State University. Library. Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Papers
Rights:
Reproduced with permission of the Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Papers. Oregon State University Library.
Subject:
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
Nuclear Warfare
Radioactive Fallout
Exhibit Category:
Two Nobel Prizes
Relation:
Metadata Record Letter from Linus Pauling to Salvador E. Luria [An Appeal by American Scientists to the Governments and People of the World] (May 15, 1957) (in The Salvador E. Luria Papers) pdf (181,544 Bytes) transcript of pdf
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Unique Identifier:
MMBBFS
Document Type:
Petitions
Language:
English
Format:
application/pdf
image/tif
Physical Condition:
Good
Transcript:
We, the American scientists whose names are signed below, urge that an international agreement to stop the testing of nuclear bombs be made now.
Each nuclear bomb test spreads an added burden of radioactive elements over every part of the world. Each added amount of radiation causes damage to the health of human beings all over the world and causes damage to the pool of human germ plasm such as to lead to an increase in the number of seriously defective children that will be born in future generations.
So long as these weapons are in the hands of only three powers an agreement for their control is feasible. If testing continues, and the possession of these weapons spreads to additional governments, the danger of outbreak of a cataclysmic nuclear war through the reckless action of some irresponsible national leader will be greatly increased.
An international agreement to stop the testing of nuclear bombs now could serve as a first step toward a more general disarmament and the ultimate effective abolition of nuclear weapons, averting the possibility of a nuclear war that would be a catastrophe to all humanity.
We have in common with our fellow men a deep concern for the welfare of all human beings. As scientists we have knowledge of the dangers involved and therefore a special responsibility to make those dangers known. We deem it imperative that immediate action be taken to effect an international agreement to stop the testing of all nuclear weapons.
Linus Pauling
Barry Commoner
Edward U. Condon
Charles D. Coryell
Leslie C. Dunn
Viktor Hamburger
Michael Heidelberger
I. H. Herskowitz
Herbert Jehle
Martin Kamen
Edwin C. Kemble
I. M. Kolthoff
Chauncey Leake
S. E. Luria
Max Mason
Carl V. Moore
Philip Morrison
Hermann J. Muller
Severe Ochoa
C. C. Price
Arthur Roberts
M. L. Sands
Verner Schomaker
Laurence H. Snyder
Oswald Veblen
M. B. Visscher
W. H. Zachariasen
List additional signers below, and on the reverse side of this sheet. Please air mail to - Linus Pauling, 3500 Fairpoint Street, Pasadena, California, to arrive by Dec. 1, 1957.
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