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July 28, 1945

ORGANIZATION SECTION

JAMA. 1945;128(13):960-961. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860300050015

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Abstract

Washington Letter  (From a Special Correspondent)July 23, 1945.

A National Science Foundation  Legislation embodying the Kilgore subcommittee recommendation for creation of a national science foundation to oversee research of government agencies, industries and private organizations will be introduced this week by Senators Kilgore of West Virginia, Johnson of Colorado and Pepper of Florida. A bill already drawn by the subcommittee on war mobilization provides for a $15,000 a year director and a seventeen member national defense board, including the heads of the War, Navy, Interior, Agriculture, Commerce, Labor and Justice departments and the Federal Security agencies. The Kilgore proposal, following issuance of the Bush report, which advocated a nine member board, would create a foundation to distribute federal funds for research in the weapons of war, health and medical care, advancement of the basic sciences and other activities. Under the Kilgore plan, funds would be allocated as follows: Twenty

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