Although the letter is written by a Romanian to a Romanian, professor George E. Palade prefers to write in English rather in Romanian. It is written in an informal style because it is addressed with the pet name. The letter is a congratulation for the initiative of the restoring the name of Grigore T. Popa, which was destroyed by the communists.
C. D. Zeletin, to whom Prof. Palade sent the letter, who was also his nephew, mentions in his books the appreciation that the Nobel laureate for physiology and medicine showed to his master, Grigore T. Popa. Professor Popa recommended to his American colleagues the young George Emil Palade and so he was able to enter the laboratories that allowed him to see what others did not see and to open new horizons in cell biology. The information in the letters provides the history of medicine with extremely important data, which official documents often do not include.
Constantin Dimoftache Zeletin (1935, Bacău County - 2020, Bucharest) was a doctor and biophysicist, teacher, essayist, translator and poet. He was the one who took care of his family tree and that of his uncle George Emil Palade and edited a book with Anca-Michaela Israil and Radu Șerban Palade, entitled Centenar George Emil Palade, 1912-2008. Laureat al Premiului Nobel pentru Medicină, 1974 - Crestomație de familie, publicat la editura Spandugino, București, 2012.
The photo is of a letter that George E. Palade, Dean of the School of Medicine, University of California, San Diego, sent to Prof C. D. Zeletin in Romania. Palade commends the Romanian physician’s efforts to honour the memory of Grigore T. Popa, “a man of great honesty and courage” who was oppressed by the communist regime. Furthermore, Palade is grateful for the decision of the Medical School of Iasi to take Grigore T. Popa’s name, a decision that could not have been more inspired since “he was much more at home in Iasi than in Bucharest”.