Letter from J. H. Lampe to Mr. David Clark

2 pp.
November 27, 1950

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November 27, 1950
Mr. David Clark
Charlotte, N. C.

Dear Dave:

I appreciate very much your sending me a copy of your letter of November 20
which was addressed to Colonel Harrelson discussing the location of the
Nuclear building on the campus at North Carolina State College.

In our work here at State College we need your advice, your viewpoint, and your
effective suggestions. I know that you and I will never get down to a place
where we have to have a vote to make decisions. I am sure that we can always
consider all the factors and phases of problems and then reach a satisfactory

The problem of locating the Nuclear Reactor building is one that has been
kicked around a great deal on our campus. There are many phases in the develop-
and certainly a suggestion or two that have been made were not brought to
your attention. The College is faced with the erection in the next few months
of the building and reactor which will call for the expenditure of approxi-
$350,000. It is a relatively small building and therefore indicates an
anticipation of a structure of substance and quality which will typify and bring
to a focus on our campus the work in nuclear technology.

Science and engineering are moving rapidly ahead and all indications are that
in a reasonable number of years, say ten, nuclear technology will be an important
part of the backbone of our education in engineering and many phases of agri-
. I place these two fields first because they are on our campus, but
nuclear theory and technology are also making and will make greater strides in
the field of medicine as well. I have a feeling, therefore, as we look ahead
that it would be a mistake to try to erect a nuclear reactor and its associated
laboratories in the back of the Zoology Building or any similar location.

The sketch that Mr. McRee Smith showed you locating the Nuclear Reactor building
behind the Zoology Building is one that he proposed after consulting with certain
of our men in landscape design. It is certainly not one that we in engineering
or nuclear activity feel would do justice to our progressive accomplishment to
date in the field of nuclear technology, both research and training. As a result
of our joint effort with the Atomic Energy Commission, the Burlington Mills
officials, scientists, and administrators at both Duke and Chapel Hill, we have
made an advance which has brought national attention to the Engineering School
at North Carolina State College. This attention has come from both scientific
groups and the general public. I do hope as we go forward with our building
plans we can give our nuclear technology program a place of importance on our

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campus which all of our commitments seen to indicate that it should have.

At the present time our architect, Dr. Beck, and other members of our Physics
Department are working on actual sketches and models of the reactor and the
reactor building. I would certainly like to have you see this material and
have you consider it with your ever-present sincerity and thoughtfulness.
These sketches will be ready to present in another week or ten days, and I
would like to bring them to Charlotte to talk with you about them. If you
happen to know you will be in Raleigh about that time, perhaps we could get
together here for an hour or two.

With warm personal regards, I am

J. H. Lampe
J. H. Lampe
Dean of Engineering

cc: Mr. J. G. Vann