DuBridge, Lee A.
April 1963
Foreign Affairs;Apr1963, Vol. 41 Issue 3, p571
Since the time of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin, scientist and engineers have participated in the high councils of this nation. Though these men were not elevated to high office because they were scientists and engineers, there have been many cases in which scientists, as scientists, have had a conspicuous influence on the activities and policies of the federal government. One need not be in public office in order to have an important influence in national affairs. Indeed, the vast program of industrial and technological development has been carried forward by scientists and engineers working within the private enterprise system. They clearly have had an important influence on public affairs, as did hosts of other private citizens who never left their private occupations to accept government posts. This article seeks to explore at the ways in which scientists or engineers have directly participated in the operations of the federal government.


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