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with the bill and
it didn't pass.
We were distressed by this, and...
What efforts did you personally make to help in
its passage at this time?
Well, we got to Know Senators Kilgore and
Magnusson and we urged people to be in
favor of it, and as a matter of fact, I
think I helped to pay for a lobbyist who
was supposed to aid in its passage.
It was in the spring of '45 that Pepper decided
to combine his bill for a National
Medical Research Found ation with the
bill that was developed from Vannevar
Bush's report and call it the National
Science Foundation Bill. Both Florence
and I felt that the combined bill
underestimated and belittled the
importance of medical research.
In the spring of '45, the war in Europe was just
ending and there were great changes and
the attention of people really wasn't on
Wasn't it rather unfortunate that the personal
activities and personal political
philosophy of certain people interested
in this bill should destroy the bill
You're completely right. What scientific research
was done was then done under the Defense
Department and various other
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