Reference numberMM/22/101
TitleLetter from Ernst Boris Chain to W E van Heyningen
Date2 May 1959
DescriptionWith reference to a letter written by Heyningen to the Sunday Times, Chain believes Heyningen has misunderstood his previous letter. Chain explains that he did not mean to say that Heyningen was not competent to judge N G Heatley's part in the penicillin discovery, rather that Heyningen was not in possession of all the facts; Chain writes he would be willing to tell the story on his next visit to London. Chain also writes that he has not accepted the position of Chair of Biochemistry at Imperial College.
Chain writes that he regrets the unpleasant atmosphere at the School of Pathology [University of Oxford] soon after the penicillin discovery which has [pained] the relationship between him and his former colleagues and hopes their paths do not cross frequently. Chain goes on to discuss his plans for the future and finally requests that they do not let matters interfere with their good friendship and asks him to have lunch next time Chain is in London.
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