Science: The Navy Looks Ahead

Few civilians have ever heard of Rear Admiral Harold Gardiner Bowen, but the U.S. Navy knows him very well indeed. Stocky and bald, the fiery Admiral possesses a quality much rarer than courage in battle: an absolute fearlessness of superior rank when one of his pet projects is involved. His scrappy perseverance is a departmental legend. Over strong brass-hat opposition, he helped browbeat the Navy into adopting new high-pressure, high-temperature steam turbines, which have proved invaluable in World War II's ships (TIME, July 12, 1943). He has been officially cited as the spark...

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