Lot #2055
George Porter Typed Letter Signed

Porter lauds his peers and predecessors
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Porter lauds his peers and predecessors

British chemist (1920-2002) who, along with Manfred Eigen and Ronald George Wreyford Norrish, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1967 for 'their studies of extremely fast chemical reactions, effected by disturbing the equilibrium by means of very short pulses of energy.' TLS, one page, 8 x 10, personal The Royal Institution, Professor of Chemistry letterhead, August 29, 1979. Letter to David Crespo, in full: "That is quite a question you have asked me to answer in your letter of 28 June. In physics, certainly the quantum theory and the theory of relativity of Einstein and the nuclear work of Bohr and Rutherford must surely be the most important discoveries. However, these were very early in the century and indeed were begun at the end of the 19th century. For a wholly 20th century advance, at least equally important, I would give my vote to the advances in molecular biology and, particularly the unravelling of the genetic code by Crick and Watson." In fine condition.

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  • Auction Title: Science & Technology and Space Exploration
  • Dates: #588 - Ended July 16, 2020

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