Science: Esthetic Satisfaction

As executive vice president of Smith, Kline & French Laboratories (drugs), Businessman Francis Boyer has to deal with and hire scientists. Last week he told a Philadelphia convention of the American Chemical Society how he tries to decide whether a scientific researcher is apt to make real discoveries.

"How can a businessman," asked Boyer, "or a politician for that matter—tell a good scientist? He certainly is incapable of forming any sensible judgment on scientific grounds. He must, I think, turn to the human side. Every scientific discovery is in a sense the autobiography of the man who made it."

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