Abstract and Biographical Note


This is primarily a collection of correspondences (letters) between Eric Theodore Carlson and his parents as well as his lab co-workers. The letters take place during his college years, his time in the army, and also the period when he was a research assistant chemist in Dayton, OH.

Biographical Note

Eric Theodore Carlson, who went by “Ted,” was born in 1922 or 1923 and presumably grew up in Middletown, CT. He received his B.A. in organic chemistry from Wesleyan University (located in Middletown, CT) in February of 1944, graduating with high distinction and Phi Beta Kappa honors.

In August of 1944, Carlson reported for duty in the army, where he reached the rank of private before leaving in March of 1946. Afterward, he accepted a research assistant chemist position at the Monsanto Chemical Company in Dayton, OH. By mid-1946, Carlson was convinced of the destructive power of atomic energy, and spoke about it both publicly and in private.


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