Science: Evaluator

To succeed former M.I.T. President Karl Compton as chairman of the Defense Department's Research and Development Bureau, President Truman last week picked another M.I.T. man and longtime associate of ailing ex-Chairman Compton. His choice: 49-year-old William Webster, a vice president of the New England Electric System.

More an administrator than a scientist, Nominee Webster is an old hand at controlling the explosive combination of scientists in government. A graduate of the Naval Academy (1920), he took a master's degree at M.I.T., served six years in the Naval Construction Corps before he resigned to work for the New England Power Association. Later he...

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