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The Francis Crick Papers

Title:
Letter from Francis Crick to Aaron Klug pdf (1,345,251 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Francis Crick to Aaron Klug
Description:
In this letter Crick discussed symmetry in virus structure, and expressed hope that Klug, a crystallographer and former collaborator of Rosalind Franklin at Birkbeck College, would join the Medical Research Council's planned Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge. Klug did move there when it opened in 1978, and became Crick's long-time friend and collaborator.
Item is handwritten. Item is a photocopy.
Number of Image Pages:
2 (1,345,251 Bytes)
Date:
1959-04-04 (April 4, 1959)
Creator:
Crick, Francis
Recipient:
Klug, Aaron
Source:
Original Repository: Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine. Francis Harry Compton Crick Papers
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Subject:
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
Viruses
Exhibit Category:
Deciphering the Genetic Code, 1958-1966
Box Number: 23
Folder Number: PP/CRI/D/2/18
Unique Identifier:
SCBBPL
Document Type:
Letters (correspondence)
Language:
English
Format:
application/pdf
image/tif
Physical Condition:
Good
Series: Correspondence
SubSeries: Individual Correspondents
Folder: Correspondence with Aaron Klug
Transcript:
The Chemistry Dept,
Harvard,
Cambridge, Mass
4th April 59
Dear Aaron,
Thank you so much for your congratulations. For various reasons I was very surprised and have not really got used to it yet!
Do write about your ideas about virus structure. I think its obvious why one has the icosahedron [sic] rather than the dodecohedron [sic] (ie because one can't easily pack pentagonal faces), but further than this I have not gone. I assume that there is a simpler, underlying layer, which is 532, and which acts as a "nucleus" for the outer layer to form on.
What is happening about the plans [?] that you
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is a fairly central spot, but I should like to press Max to get you to Cambridge before then if we can find a little space. Would you let me know how things are at your end?
[next part of page is front of air mail envelope with addresses, F.H.C. Crick Chemistry Dept., Harvard, Cambridge Mass. and Dr. Aaron Klug Birkbeck College Crystallography Laboratory 21 Torrington Square, London W.C.1. England]
Odile and I have been to New Orleans and also to Gatlingburg [sic] in the Smokies as you can see
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