DPR/MB 9th December 1952.
Professor Linus Pauling, Sc.D., Gates and Crellin Laboratories of Chemistry, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena
4, California, U.S.A.
Thank you very much indeed for the
useful information about punched cards and the
Sherman-Cross strips. Now that I know exactly
what is available, I am going in to the question
of practicable computing procedures over here.
We are less blessed with the latest I.B.M. machines
than you. There is just a possibility of using an
electronic digital computer and I am exploring this
avenue first. So that, for the moment, I do not
have to trouble you further with regard to the
punched cards but I will certainly write again if
it seems that I need them.
By the way, might I have reprints of your papers with Shaffer and Schomaker in J.Chem. Phys. 1946, 14, 648 and 659,
if any are still available?
I am very glad to learn that you have now fixed a date for the Protein Conference. This ought to be a great success and
I am eagerly looking forward to it. I shall certainly be able to come to it, but whether I shall be able to stay on afterwards
will rather depend on developments here. The whole future of this Laboratory is now under discussion, including my place
in it, and I shall have to await the results of these deliberations before
Professor Linus Pauling. -2- 9th December 1952.
knowing whether I can take up your very kind offer. Would it be possible for me to delay a decision about it until the Spring?
We have gone no further with the γ-helix or the 3-chain collagen model, except to satisfy ourselves that a large proportion
of proline residues is incompatible with the former.
It is as well to have an independent check of our serum albumin curve. We are now working with increased resolution and
intensity and have confirmed that poly - γ - methyl and poly -Y- benzyl glutamate have your α-helix structure.
With all best wishes,
D. P. Riley