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"Swiss Initiative", 1964-1967

MS. Eng. c. 2440
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Folder G.1. July - December 1964. Includes carbon of E. Kellenberger's letter of 4 July to Perutz outlining his "activities" with Swiss authorities and the likelihood of "active help by Switzerland"; also offer of site for laboratory (Centre européen de biologie moléculaire) in Canton de Vaud; continuing correspondence and papers aiming at intergovernmental meeting.

Folder G.2. February - June 1965. Correspondence, notes of meetings and telephone conversations, appointment by EMBO Council of committee to act in matters of negotiation with governments (Engström, Kellenberger, Kendrew, Wyman), preparation of "policy document" etc. Copy of letter from J. Wyman 6 February mentions Kendrew as "first choice for eventual Director" (of any agreed laboratory or institute).

Folder G.3. July - December 1965. Delays over publication of policy document (and hence of Swiss initiative) during negotiations with Volkswagen Foundation, J. Wyman's "Memorandum of conversations at the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs 22 November", decision to embark on organisation of intergovernmental meeting (limited initially to members of CERN and therefore excluding Israel at that stage.

Folder G.4. January - April 1966. Correspondence mainly with E. Katchalski re non-participation of Israel in proposed conference. Perutz in particular was reluctant to accept this.

Folder G.5. November 1965 - June 1966. Correspondence with J. Brachet on EMBO affairs and Belgian participation.

Folder G.6. January - March 1966. Correspondence, Wyman's "Notes on discussions at Swiss Foreign Ministry January 17", letter 31 March announcing Swiss "sondage" of CERN members on proposed conference.

Folder G.7. March - July 1966. Correspondence from EMBO Council members and others in reply to circular of 30 March requesting active support for meeting among national representatives.

Folder G.8. May - September 1966. Correspondence and papers on replies to Swiss initiative, use of EMBO not UNESCO proposals as basis of discussion, analysis of governmental attitudes, request to postpone laboratory proposal "because it lacks the support necessary to form a basis of discussion".

Folder G.9. September - October 1966. Mainly replies from EMBO Council members to Perutz's circular of 29 September on limitation of conference discussion to "Foundation" "leaving it to the discretion of the meeting to consider other possible further developments". All members approved.

Folder G.10. October - December 1966. Correspondence and papers, including Swiss "Aide-mémoire" on proposed conference, Wyman's "Memorandum regarding EMBO developments during the summer", note on UNESCO discussion of Swiss initiative.

Folder G.11. Replies by EMBO Council members to Perutz's circular of 24 January 1967 on membership of conference. The terms of the circular were:

"Council of EMBO, while appreciating the political difficulties facing the Swiss Government with regard to the inclusion of Israel at the forthcoming conference, nevertheless regards it as essential that Israel be asked to participate fully in any scientific activities which may be decided upon."

Folder G.12. January 1967. Wyman's "Notes on discussions at the Swiss Foreign Office in Berne, held on January 13, 1967, and on the [EMBO] Council meeting held in Geneva (CERN) on January 14, 1967", notes and correspondence on national representatives at conference, nomination of Kendrew as Secretary-General for conference.

Folder G.13. February 1967. Arrangements for conference.


  • 1964-1967


13 folders

Language of Materials

  • English


MS. Eng. c. 2440

Former reference:

NCUACS 11/4/89/G.1-13

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