10 June 1958
President Lee A. DuBridge
California Institute of Technology
Dear President DuBridge:
Last year and again last month I discussed with you the possibility of my ceasing to serve as Chairman of the Division of
Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and Director of the Gates and Crellin Laboratories of the California Institute of Technology,
and devoting my time to my duties as Professor of Chemistry in the California Institute of Technology, without the general
administrative duties of the Division. I feel that, after having served as Chairman of the Division of Chemistry and Chemical
Engineering for 21 years, I should like to turn this job over to someone else, and thus be enabled to devote the equivalent
amount of time and effort, during my remaining years as Professor of Chemistry in the California Institute of Technology,
to research and teaching.
I hope that you will be able to relieve me of these administrative duties on 30 June 1958. I wish to repeat, however, that
I am willing to continue to serve as Chairman of the Division for a longer time, in case that it is not convenient to make
the change now.
Let me take this opportunity to express again to you and to the Board of Trustees my deep feeling of appreciation of the privilege
that I have had in the past and continue to have to carry on scientific work in the California Institute of Technology. I
have said many times that in my opinion there is no place in the world where scientific work can be carried out under better
circumstances than in the California Institute of Technology. I am happy to have been a member of the staff of the California
Institute of Technology for 36 years, and I expect to be happy in continuing for another decade.