November l6, 1945
Dr. Frank Aydelotte
Institute for Advanced Study
Princeton, New Jersey
I am writing to ask for suggestions about personnel in connection with a plan being developed by the faculty at the California
Institute of Technology.
The members of our faculty are very deeply interested in world affairs at the present time. This interest, and the feeling
that scientists should take far more than the normal part in decisions about world affairs, are of course the result of the
development of atomic power and the atomic bomb, culminating the accelerating contributions of science to the factors determining
the nature of the modern world.
It has been proposed that we add to the staff of the California Institute of Technology a man who is spending all of his time
in the study of world affairs, and particularly the nature and causes of war, or methods of keeping the peace. Perhaps it
will be possible to invite several men with interests of this sort to Pasadena for a few lectures, with a decision to be made
later as to whether any one of them should be asked to come for a year or more. I think that the presence on our faculty
of men, such as Tolman, Oppenheimer, Lauritsen, who have been involved in the recent developments of science and technology
might interest the students of world affairs, in the job at this Institute.
I shall be grateful to you for any suggestions that you have to make, and information about the people whom you propose.