Letter from Henry R. V. Arnstein to Francis Crick


Title:
Letter from Henry R. V. Arnstein to Francis Crick
Description:
In the wake of a military coup in Greece in April 1967 and the subsequent dismissal of many academics from university positions, scientists debated whether to boycott scientific meetings in Greece as a sign of protest, and more broadly their political responsibilities for maintaining freedom of research and civil liberties. Unlike many of his European colleagues, Crick was not in favor of a boycott because it did not extend to other oppressive regimes and would further undermine the position of Greek scientists. In his letter Arnstein similarly took the position that if conferences continued to serve the purpose of furthering scientific exchange, they should be held even in countries that restrict scientists' freedom of movement. The debate focused on the annual summer school for molecular biologists held on the Greek island of Spetsai.
Extent:
2 pages
Date Created:
20 November 1969
Creator:
Arnstein, Henry R. V. (Henry R. V. Arnstein)
Recipient:
Crick, Francis, 1916-2004
Source:
Original Repository. Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine. Francis Harry Compton Crick Papers. 11646. URL. http://archives.wellcome.ac.uk/
Original Repository:
The Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine. Francis Harry Compton Crick Papers
Right Type:
Permission Granted - No Conditions
Right Statement:
Reproduced with permission of Henry R. V. Arnstein.
Subject:
Government and Political Systems
Profiles in Science ID:
SCBBNX
NLM ID:
101584582X204
Genre:
Letters (correspondence)
Language:
English
Format:
Text
Location:
Box: 8. Folder: PP/CRI/D/1/1/1