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December 28, 1962 - Interview No. 9

Q:

Mrs. Lasker, in our conversation a few minutes ago you were talking about the National Science Foundation. This is a very significant part of your whole story, and I think this may be the time to give us an outline of your activities in this direction.

Lasker:

Woll, Mr. Mason, I think we did discuss the initial efforts at some length in connection with...

Q:

But not at any great length; it was only in connection with the President's messages on health.

Lasker:

Really? Well, I think we probably talked about it because it was really that my first and most important interest in it came before my efforts to get individual institutes established, and because we failed with the National Science Foundation and a section of it which was to be for medical research, we embarked on efforts to get legislation for individual institutes within the Public Health Service.

Q:

Your efforts were diverted because of the initial failure.

Lasker:

Yes.

Well, in April of 1950 the National Science Foundation bill was finally passed in the House and became a law. This



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