Last week a persistent rumor ebbed past the guards and the alarm systems of the Atomic Energy Commission building in Washington: bald, patient Chairman David Lilienthal, who had won many admirers on the job and made a few fervent enemies too, was ready to quit, and would leave when a successor was found. The reports said that Lilienthal wanted to bolster his income in the private practice of law, and that he was also unwilling to be dragged through another congressional hearing, in a political year, when his term expires next June...

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