- AHP writes cheque to "Sears Roebuck," $4.46. [Filed under LP Biographical: Business and Financial, Box 4.015, Folder 3]
- Letter from LP to Dr. E. M. Billings, Business and Technical Personnel Director, Eastman Kodak, RE: Submits the applications of Pressman, Lu Valle, Burcik, and Axelrod to the company. Also comments on the applicants' plans and suitability. [Letter from Billings to LP January 25, 1940] [Filed under LP Correspondence: Box #111.1, file:(Eastman Kodak Company, 1938, 1940-1941, 1943-1944, 1951, 1957)]
- Letter from LP to Dr. Eugene Eyster, Department of Physics, University of Michigan. [Letters from LP to Eyster March 9, 1940, from Eyster to LP March 22, 1940] [Filed under LP Correspondence: Box #110.7, file:(Eyster, Eugene, 1940, 1942-1943)]
March 19, 1940
Dr. Eugene H. Eyster
Department of Physics
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan
I am glad to extend to you the offer by the California Institute of appointment as George Ellery Hale Research Fellow in Radiation Chemistry for the year 1940-41, with stipend $2000 for the year. The appointment would be renewed for a second year if you desire, but you are not required to make the decision now as to whether or not you would want to continue as Fellow for a second year. You would have no duties and no obligations other than the prosecution of research.
You would, of course, be free to work in any field you desire, and we would try to provide whatever material support you need. I would like, however, to suggest a field of investigation which has appealed to me recently as a promising one, and which might also appeal to you. This is the application of the Rabi molecular beam technique to problems of molecular structure. You probably know that Rabi has determined the internuclear distance in the hydrogen molecule by his method, and I think that other internuclear distances could be determined similarly. He is now getting very accurate values of electric dipole moments of alkali halide gas molecules by measuring the frequency of radio waves necessary to cause transition from one stark effect level to another. Last month I looked at Rabi's apparatus and talked with him. He is willing and, I think, would be glad to have someone apply his techniques in the molecular structure field, since he himself plans to work only on fundamental problems of nuclear structure
and to develop possible applications for the technique, but not to apply it in a systematic way. If you would be interested in supervising the construction of a Rabi apparatus it might be a good idea for you to spend some time with Rabi in New York. You would have collaboration here on the radio side if you wanted it, since Potapenko would be only too glad to put his radio wave to some good use.
Schomaker is staying on next year as Senior Fellow in Research, and Wilson is to be Instructor in Applied Chemistry. Stosick is taking Helmholz's place as Instructor in Freshman Chemistry with Helmholz going to Dartmouth.
We are hoping that you will decide to come back here for a while. Badger would be especially glad to have you here.
With best regards, I am
- Letter from LP to Dr. Karl Landsteiner, Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research, RE: Agrees to meet him for dinner at 6:30 on the 25th in the lobby of Hotel Croydon. [Letter from Landsteiner to LP March 15, 1940] [Filed under LP Correspondence: Box #212.7, file:(Landsteiner, Ernest Karl)]
- Letter from LP to Mr. A. A. Burgoyne, Jr.., International Business Machines, Inc., RE: Returns copies of the contract, signed. [Letters from LP to Mr. A. A. Burgoyne, Jr., February 14, 1940, from B. L. MacChesney April 1, 1940] [Filed under LP Correspondence: #368.6]
- Letter from LP to Mr. Edward C. Barrett, CIT: suggests the appointments of Professor Laszlo Zechmeister and Dr. Andor Polgar begin on March 1. [Filed under LP Biographical: Academia: Box #1.029 file 29.1]
- Letter from LP to Professor F. H. MacDougall, School of Chemistry, University of Minnesota RE: Explains that all of the advanced electron diffraction men are already satisfactorily employed, but that they have a couple of a students for the future. Mentions Dr. David P. Stevenson. [Letter from MacDougall to LP February 29, 1940] [Filed under LP Correspondence: Box #255.7, File: (M: Correspondence 1940)]
- Letter from LP to Professor PS Fogg RE: Reports that Mr. Ralph W. Spitzer has made satisfactory progress on research and has shown ability to carry on research successfully. [Filed under California Institute of Technology: Materials re: Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, 1933-1963, No Date: Box #1.024, Folder 24.8]