Memorandum from Salvador E. Luria to George Harrison
In this memo to Harrison, Luria outlined his conditions for accepting a position at MIT. Among other things, Luria specifically
requested an expansion of laboratory space, the provision of air-conditioned labs for the department, additional faculty and
staff appointments, as well as to be named chair of the department's Committee on Microbiology, which would direct the
department's graduate program.
NOTE: The upper right-hand corner of page one contains handwritten text in pencil that was too light to adequately capture
in black and white. The text reads, "Memorandum from Sizer to Dean Harrison Monday. Specific proposal to carry out and
time table Monday before budget meeting."
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1959-02-18 (February 18, 1959)
Luria, Salvador E.
[Massachusetts Institute of Technology]
Original Repository: American Philosophical Society. Library. Salvador Luria Papers
Reproduced with permission of Daniel D. Luria.
Reproduced with permission of the American Philosophical Society.
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Memorandum from Irwin W. Sizer to George Harrison (February 24, 1959)
The following items have been discussed with Professor
Sizer in connection with the offer to Professor Luria to become
Professor of Microbiology:
(a) There will be available for microbiology the south side of
the fourth floor in the Dorrance Building plus Rooms 16-430 and
16-430A on that floor. These rooms will be remodeled as
needed for housing research and microbiological services, with
a goal to have them available for use by September 1959. The
laboratories on the south side will be air conditioned.
(b) Plans are being made to extend laboratory space on the
eighth floor, as discussed with Professor Beckwith by Professor Sizer. It is proposed to request matching funds for such
extension from the U. S. Public Health Service.
(c) Appointment of two additional faculty members in microbiology will be made as soon as space is ready and suitable
candidates are found.
(d) The graduate program in microbiology within the Biology
Department will be directed by a Departmental Committee on
Microbiology, appointed by Professor Sizer, with Professor
Luria as its initial Chairman.
(e) The salary of one full-time secretary will be available for
the Committee on Microbiology and Professor Luria's work.
(f) The salary of one full-time 'media clerk' will be available
for the microbiology services.
(g) Provisions will be made to permit Professor Luria to be released from his commitment to return for one year to the University
of Illinois if he accepts sabbatical leave in the current semester.
(h) Funds will be provided for the initial equipping of the teaching
laboratories and general microbiology services. A training grant
in microbiology will be sought immediately to provide for expanding
teaching and research needs.