THE ADMINISTRATION: Scientists' Scientist

In the nervous aftermath of Russia's Sputnik I, the U.S. Government sent out an S O S to U.S. science. Needed was someone to furnish scientific advice to President Eisenhower and to bridge the gap between the scientific and governmental worlds, which had become so interdependent. Top man to answer the call: Dr. James R. Killian Jr., president of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who was named the President's Special

Assistant for Science and Technology. Over the next 18 months, able Administrator Killian created a strong liaison between the White House and scientists,...

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