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September 1, 1945


JAMA. 1945;129(1):79-80. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860350081019

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Washington Letter  (From a Special Correspondent)Aug. 27, 1945.

Scientific Developments to Be Completed  Scientific developments under way when Japan surrendered will be completed, according to Dr. Vannevar Bush, chairman of the Office of Scientific Research and Development and one of the leaders in creation of the atomic bomb. Following a conference with President Truman, he disclosed that the Office of Scientific Research and Development will be liquidated in the course of time. The wartime agency was operating "full blast" when Japan quit, and it cannot be eliminated over night, he said. It is one of the smallest agencies. "It just doesn't make sense," Dr. Bush stated, "to conduct research for three years and then drop it in fifteen minutes." The Office of Scientific Research and Development has many contracts with universities and commercial firms and laboratories still in force. Much of the work now being done is being completed

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