Education: Great Experimenter

At the head table in a banquet room of Baltimore's Hamilton Street Club one night last week, a spry, white-haired man of 83 rose, smiling and nodding, to acknowledge the cheers and applause of the guests who had come to honor him. Robert Williams Wood was in his soth year as a full professor at Johns Hopkins University, and the brightest names in the scientific world wanted to help celebrate the occasion. Albert Einstein had written to pay his respects, Niels Bohr had cabled from Copenhagen, Robert A. Millikan, Harlow Shapley and Karl Compton...

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