JAMES BRYANT CONANT - AUTOGRAPH NOTE SIGNED CIRCA 1972 CO-SIGNED BY: DAVID A. MARCUS - HFSID 155068
Sale Price $306.00
JAMES BRYANT CONANT
Chemist and educator James Bryant Conant wrote a short note on this fan letter from Beverly Hills doctor David A. Marcus in 1972. With Conant's original reply envelope
Autograph note signed "No photos available./James B. Conant" in blue ink. 1 page, 6½x9½, on personalized stationery of Dr. David A. Marcus. Written on an autograph Feb. 26, 1972 letter by Marcus, written in black ink. Address label affixed near top edge. Marcus' original letter in full: "Dear Dr Conant, Most people, myself included, feel that their life is worthwhile if they can leave the world just a wee bit better than they found it. In your case, your contribution has been outstanding. In the [illegible] fields of education and government serving your career has been remarkable and has been of great benefit to your fellow men and to your country. I would be highly honored to have your autograph or an autographed photograph, for I consider you one of the great men of our times. I wish you continued good health and well being Sincerely". Lightly creased. Label is separating from letter. Folded once vertically and twice horizontally and unfolded. Otherwise in fine condition. Accompanied by: Conant's original reply envelope from his personalized stationery. Addressed in blue ink in Conant's hand to Dr. David A. Marcus, Beverly Hills, California. One 8¢ brown-and-white stamp affixed. Lightly stained, soiled and creased. Neatly cut open at top edge. Normal postal stamps. Otherwise in fine condition. American chemist and educator Conant (1893-1978) was President of Harvard University (1933-1953). An advocate of supporting the Allies in the 1930s, he later became a member of the National Defense Research Committee (1941-1946), where he played an important role in organizing American science during the War, including a key role in starting up the Manhattan Project. He was later American high commissioner (1953-1957) and Ambassador (1955-1957) to West Germany. Conant was also an author who wrote for chemistry students (Practical Chemistry with N. H. Black, 1920; Chemistry of Organic Compounds, 1933) and non-scientists (On Understanding Science, 1947). He also wrote on educational policy, including Education and Liberty (1953), The American High School Today (1959), Slums and Suburbs (1961) and The Education of American Teachers (1963). He received the Priestly Medal, the American Chemical Society's highest honor, in 1944.
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