Science: Production Laboratory

A classic muddle of scientific war research was tidied up by WPB's Donald Nelson last week. He finally created a long-awaited agency, the Office of Production Research & Development, named its director: 61-year-old Dr. Harvey Nathaniel Davis, president of Hoboken's Stevens Institute of Technology.

Originally called the Office of Technical Development, OPRD aims to: 1) provide Nelson with data on WPB's technical problems; 2) pass on suggestions which come to WPB through outside sources; 3) farm out experimental work; 4) when necessary, construct full-size pilot plants. Working on industrial problems, it will parallel rather than supplant the Office of Scientific Research &...

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