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October 4, 1965

Response to Acceptance of the Scientific Achievement Award

Author Affiliations

From the Forrestal Research Center, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ. Dr. Kendall is Visiting Professor of Chemistry. Read on the occasion of the AMA Scientific Achievement Award Dinner, New York, June 23, 1965.

JAMA. 1965;194(1):62. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090140070018

The late Dr. Charles Mayo used to say that if someone wanted to give him flowers he hoped that they would do so while he could smell them. It is an honor to accept the Scientific Achievement Award and it is a pleasure to receive it while I can stand on my feet. My response will concern some observations about time and some conclusions which have been reached during the past 55 years, all of which have been spent in a chemical laboratory.

The passing years have been compared with the flight of an arrow. Time does not change its course, and any research problem either is carried forward or it slips from its place in the procession. Prior to 1492 the Western Hemisphere was visited by more than one explorer, but the old world was not ready to expand. The reports of these explorers soon were forgotten. Superstition, fear,

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