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Letter from Linus Pauling to George Kistiakowsky. May 27, 1942.
Pauling writes to strongly endorse the clearance of J. Holmes Sturdivant for national defense research, calling him "the most
reliable and trustworthy man that I know."
May 27, 1942
Dr. G.B. Kistiakowsky
Bureau of Mines
4800 Forbes Street
I am sending you this letter for use in connection with the clearance of Dr. James Holmes Sturdivant for national
I have known Dr. Sturdivant for fifteen years. During the period 1927-1930 he carried on graduate work in chemistry
at the California Institute of Technology under my direction, and since 1930 he has worked continuously as a Research Fellow,
Senior Fellow in Research, and Assistant Professor of Chemistry. Throughout this time I have been in very close contact with
him. I have complete confidence in his honesty, integrity, and loyalty to the United States of America. I rate him as the
most reliable and trustworthy man that I know.
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