THE ATOM: Dissenter's Return

The task of hunting a man to succeed Gordon Dean, retiring chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission, was turned over to Lewis Strauss last March. Strauss, the President's unpaid personal adviser on atomic energy matters, lined up half a dozen prospects, but all of them backed away from the appalling job. Last week the AEC finally got a new chairman chosen by Dwight Eisenhower himself. Ike's choice: Lewis Strauss.

Balding, 57-year-old Strauss (rhymes with laws) was brought up in Virginia and has never lost the courtly manner of the Old Dominion. At...

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