Science: Priest on Poison

To Villanova College last week went the Rev. Julius Arthur Nieuwland, Belgian-born professor of organic chemistry at Notre Dame, to receive the Mendel Medal as Catholic scientist-of-the-year for his researches on acetylene which led to the development of synthetic rubber (TIME, Nov. 16, 1931 et seq.). Before the ceremony a newshawk questioned the famed priest on another outgrowth of his researches, lewisite, only war gas deadlier than mustard gas. Said Father Nieuwland:

"Poison gas is a humane instrument of warfare. By the introduction of gas and other modern instruments of warfare, a...

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