Science: Dollars for Atoms

A successful scientific enterprise usually begins as a dream. Then there is a turning point at which it ceases to be a dream, begins to take on the lineaments of reality. The point may be the conquest of a crucial technical obstacle—as when Corning Glass Works succeeded in casting a 20-ton glass disc for Caltech's 200-inch telescope. Or it may be a crucial matter of dollars. Last week University of California's Ernest Orlando Lawrence, newest U. S. Nobel Prizeman, passed such a turning point when it was disclosed that the Rockefeller Foundation would give him $1,150,000 to smash atoms as atoms...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!