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The Salvador E. Luria Papers

Memorandum from Irwin W. Sizer to George Harrison pdf (128,631 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Memorandum from Irwin W. Sizer to George Harrison
This memo discussed how to meet the conditions for Luria's acceptance of a job at MIT. Sizer proposed that Luria apply for a grant from the National Science Foundation to pay for some of the changes he requested in the MIT laboratories. Sizer noted that MIT should bear some costs, such as those for air conditioning the space, structural changes, furniture installation, microscopes, and for personnel.
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1959-02-24 (February 24, 1959)
Sizer, Irwin W.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Harrison, George
Original Repository: American Philosophical Society. Library. Salvador Luria Papers
Reproduced with permission of Meredith Ann Sizer Twomey.
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Genetics Lessons from Bacteriophage, 1938-1944
Metadata Record Memorandum from Salvador E. Luria to George Harrison (February 18, 1959) pdf (103,208 Bytes) transcript of pdf
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Series: Correspondence, 1938-1992
Folder: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1956-1992
February 24, 1959
To: Dean George R. Harrison
From: Professor Irwin W. Sizer
Subject: Construction and equipping the new microbiology teaching and research laboratories
It is proposed that Professor Luria apply to the National Science Foundation for a grant to pay for part of the changes contemplated on the fourth floor. Preliminary plans call for requesting a grant of $100,000 to $110,000 from the N. S. F.
There are certain costs which should come out of various funds available to M. I. T. rather than from the N. S. F. These include the following:
Air conditioning $18,000
Structural changes 8,000
Furniture installation costs plus teaching microscopes 12,000
Personnel - a secretary plus one person in charge of sterilization and bacteria media preparation 8,000
Total $46,000
The air conditioning deserves special comment. The microbiology laboratories to be air conditioned are on the South side of Building 16. It will be impossible to do microbiology in these laboratories during the summer months without air conditioning. It is possible that some of the funds required for air conditioning may ultimately be obtained from other sources.
There is no assurance (but very likely) that Professor Luria will receive a National Science Foundation grant for this amount. It would be most helpful if M. I. T. would underwrite this grant to the extent of $50,000 so that alterations could start at once rather than after the grant is approved.
Construction of research laboratories on the eighth floor of Building 16: Plans are already being drawn up for these laboratories but should be considered independently of problems on the fourth floor. Professor Beckwith and his staff are drawing up preliminary plans for construction. After these plans have been reviewed by the Administration and the Department, it is proposed that we apply to the National Institutes of Health for "matching funds." Plans for the fourth floor do not include facilities for the Professor of Cell Physiology (tissue culture) since laboratories for this individual are being planned for the eighth floor.
I shall be very happy to discuss these preliminary plans with you during our conference on March second.
Irwin W. Sizer
Head, Department of Biology
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