In addition to his other qualifications, a member of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission must abandon all his business connections, get along on a comparatively unrewarding $15,000 a year, and be ready at all times to suffer the slings and arrows of Capitol Hill. From a list of 30 candidates, President Truman last week extracted one willing to take the consequences.

He is Thomas E. Murray, a prominent Catholic layman and wealthy Manhattan engineer and inventor who ran New York City's big I.R.T. subway system for eight years. Murray, 58, was the first public trustee of John L. Lewis' multimillion-dollar...

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