THE ATOM: Oppenheimer Case, Contd.

The specially convened Atomic Energy Commission security board which found Physicist Robert Oppenheimer a security risk (TIME, June 14) also realized that Dr. Oppenheimer's fellow scientists might rise up to contest the verdict. In anticipation the board majority warned: "If scientists should believe that such a decision . . . however distasteful with respect to an individual, must be applicable to [the] whole profession, they misapprehend their own duties and obligations as citizens."

By last week it was clear that the scientific fraternity, always touchy about the Oppenheimer case, chose to ignore the warning. First the rambunctious Federation of American...

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