New York: October 6, 1931.
1 p. on "Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research" letterhead. 5-3/8 x 8-3/8 inches. Vertical tear through middle repaired with tape on verso, not affecting signature, else very good. Item #310608
A letter typical of th Austrian-born American immunologist, physician and pathologist’s notoriously private persona reading in part: “I am not fond of writing about my person, and do not consider myself a fitting subject for eulogy.”
Known as “the father of transfusion medicine,” Karl Landsteiner (1868-1943) is most notable for identifying the major human blood groups and creating the modern ABO system of blood classification, which along with his work done with Alexander S. Weiner in identifying the Rhesus factor, revolutionized the process of blood transfusion. Landsteiner was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1930, for Physiology or Medicine.
As a high school student, Seymour Halpern (1913-1997), wrote letters to many notables of the day including politicians, military officers, entertainers, diplomats, artists, activists, writers, and businessmen, inquiring about their ideas to the keys to success in life. Halpern would later go on to serve as Republican from New York to the 86th, 87th, 88th, 89th, 90th, 91st and 92nd United States Congresses, holding office from January 3, 1959, to January 3, 1973.