Science: The Scientist in China

Before they conquered the mainland in 1949, the Chinese Communists could claim few scientists. Afterwards, Chinese scientists were promised heaven and earth and rapid promotion if they stayed on or came back from overseas. Reluctant to leave home, all but a handful of China's physicists, chemists and mathematicians went to work for the Reds. A survey prepared for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Center for International Studies, released last week, offers a tentative look at the fate of Chinese scientists under the Red regime. Conclusion: once wooed and rewarded, Chinese scientists are now...

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