Science: Hungarian Grab Bag

For a country of its size, Hungary has an extraordinary record for providing the U.S. with first-rank scientist immigrants. Leo Szilard (key atom-bomb physicist), Edward Teller ("Father of the H-bomb") and the late great Mathematician John von Neumann (an Atomic Energy commissioner) were all Hungarian-born. So when refugees began streaming out of rebellious Hungary last year, the National Academy of Sciences set up an office at Camp Kilmer, N.J. and sent an expeditionary force to Austria to help educated Hungarians find jobs in the U.S.

Last week, in its News Report, the academy proudly reported how it had found jobs for more...

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