Science: Something to Offer

Requirements for election to the National Academy of Sciences are brief and discriminating. Only distinguished scientists are admitted, men who have made original contributions to research. The exclusive academy (present membership 650) has been a willing servant of the U.S. Government ever since it was founded by President Abraham Lincoln 99 years ago. The academy conducts research for any Government agency that requests it, charging only expenses. In the past, its investigations have ranged from the economics of fertilizer use to the effectiveness of military uniforms. And, through hot and cold wars, the academy's offspring, the National Research Council, has mobilized...

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