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The Arthur Kornberg Papers

Title:
Letter from Francis Crick to Arthur Kornberg pdf (88,334 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Francis Crick to Arthur Kornberg
Description:
Writing to congratulate Kornberg on receiving a Nobel Prize, Francis Crick also provided an update on the current work of his colleagues Max Perutz and John Kendrew. In 1962, Perutz and Kendrew would share the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their work on the structures of proteins such as hemoglobin and myoglobin; Crick would share the Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology with James Watson and Maurice Wilkins, for the discovery of the structure of DNA.
Item is handwritten.
Number of Image Pages:
3 (88,334 Bytes)
Date:
1959-10-17 (October 17, 1959)
Creator:
Crick, Francis
University of Cambridge. Cavendish Laboratory
Recipient:
Kornberg, Arthur
Source:
Original Repository: Stanford University Libraries. Department of Special Collections and University Archives. Arthur Kornberg Papers
Rights:
Reproduced with permission of Gabrielle Crick.
Subject:
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
Awards and Prizes
DNA
Exhibit Category:
The Synthesis of DNA, 1953-1959
Box Number:
23
Unique Identifier:
WHBBGM
Document Type:
Letters (correspondence)
Language:
English
Format:
application/pdf
image/tif
Physical Condition:
Good
Transcript:
Oct. 17th, 1959
Dear Arthur,
We were delighted to hear the wonderful news of the Nobel award. My warmest congratulations. As you may (or may not!) know, you are my favorite biochemist, and everybody here agrees with me that it was very well deserved, especially for all the recent DNA work. Will you be coming to Cambridge on your trip to Sweden? We'd love to see you, and hear the latest developments.
When I got back here I found that Max & John's work
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had gone, if anything, faster than anticipated. Max, who has a Fourier to 6 angstroms resolution, can see that haemoglobin is, structurally, very like 4 myoglobin units; and John, who has a Fourier to 2 angstroms, can see several pieces of (right-handed) alpha-helix. It seems almost certain that within two years he will have found the complete configuration of myoglobin.
Odile sends her best wishes, with mine, to you and your wife.
Yours ever,
Francis
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