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.
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1959-04-04 (April 4, 1959)
Original Repository: Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine. Francis Harry Compton Crick Papers
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