Telegram from Linus Pauling to John F. Kennedy, The White House
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1962-03-01 (March 1, 1962)
Kennedy, John F.
Original Repository: Oregon State University. Library. Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Papers
Reproduced with permission of the Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Papers. Oregon State University Library.
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
Two Nobel Prizes
COPY OF TELEGRAM
1 March 1962
President John F. Kennedy, White House:
Are you going to give an order that will cause you to go down in history as one of the most immoral men of all time and one
of the greatest enemies of the human race?
In a letter to the New York Times I state that nuclear tests duplicating the Soviet 1961 tests would seriously damage over
20 million unborn children, including those caused to have gross physical or mental defect and also the stillbirths and embryonic,
neonatal and childhood deaths from the radioactive fission products and carbon 14.
Are you going to be guilty of this monstrous immorality, matching that of the Soviet leaders, for the political purpose of
increasing the still imposing lead of the United States over the Soviet Union in nuclear weapons technology?