A Selection of Highlights from the History of the National Academy of Sciences, 1863-2005

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University Press of America, 2007 - Reference - 111 pages
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"This work relates selected events in the history of the National Academy focusing on the terms of the various presidents, from the first, Alexander D. Bache - the great-grandson of Benjamin Franklin - to the most recent, Ralph Cicerone. In its early days, the Academy was fostered by the Smithsonian Institution to support the cultivation of science in the United States. In its current state, the Academy can be regarded as an almost independent organization representative of the basic and applied sciences, including engineering and medicine. Special attention is given to roles played by the Academy and Academy members in three great wars, as well as side developments made possible through wartime ventures and advances in technology."--BOOK JACKET.
  

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Contents

FOUNDING
1
Joseph Henry
3
JOSEPH HENRY
6
WILLIAM BARTON ROGERS
9
John Wesley Powell
11
OTHNIEL CHARLES MARSH
15
Maxwells Equations
18
Henry Rowland
19
DETLEV WULF BRONK
60
The Battery Additive Crisis
61
Texas Instruments
62
The Trial of J Robert Oppenheimer
63
Lloyd Berkner
64
Centennial Celebration
66
Sputnik The Creation of NASA
67
FREDERICK SEITZ
69

OLIVER WOLCOTT GIBBS
20
MuirPinchot Debate
22
Revolution In Physics
24
IRA REMSEN
25
Control of Commercial Trusts
26
Semicentennial Celebration
27
Prediction of Neutron HarkinsChadwick
28
WILLIAM HENRY WELCH
29
Simon Flexner
30
The National Research Council
32
CHARLES DOOLITTLE WALCOTT
33
Foundation Awards
35
Versailles Treaty
38
ALBERT ABRAHAM MICHELSON
39
Edward Morley
41
The Great Depression
43
James Lick
44
George Davidson
46
Benjamin Gould
48
FRANK BARTON JEWETT
49
Leslie R Groves
52
National Defense Research Committee
54
Detlev W Bronk
57
ALFRED NEWTON RICHARDS
58
Roger Revelle
70
Vice President Hubert H Humphrey
73
The Enrico Fermi Laboratory
74
Aldabra Islands
76
Tricentennial of The French Academy Of Sciences
78
New Structures
79
James A Shannon
80
Office of Technology Assessment
81
A New Auditorium
82
Hugh L Dryden
83
James E Webb
84
PHILIP HANDLER
88
Copernicus Celebration
90
FRANK PRESS
91
BRUCE MICHAEL ALBERTS
93
Endowment
94
Housing The National Research Council
95
Bruce Alberts The Teacher
96
Source of Photographs
99
Officers of the National Academy
103
Notes
107
Index
109
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Frederick Seitz is President Emeritus at the Rockefeller University. He was President of the National Academy of Sciences, 1962D1968. Dr. Seitz has received numerous medals of service from the scientific community and the U.S. government. He has been awarded the National Medal of Science, and holds thirty-four honorary degrees. He received his Ph.D. in Physics from Princeton University.

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