Science: DuBridge's Exit

"Science and engineering," Dr. Lee DuBridge once said, "are tools in man's eternal struggle to achieve his highest spiritual ends." As President Nixon's science adviser, the former Caltech president has watched those tools become increasingly blunted. Forced to economize, the Administration has sharply reduced federal support for scientific research. In some areas—radio astronomy, for example, cancer experiments and even DuBridge's own discipline, physics —allocations have been cut 20% or more. Unable to reverse the trend, DuBridge last week did some cutting himself: he resigned.

DuBridge said that he was quitting because of age (he will be 69 next month). But his friends...

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