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By Jessica Wang

No expert workforce within the usa benefited extra from global warfare II than the clinical group. After the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, scientists loved extraordinary public visibility and political impact as a brand new elite whose services now appeared serious to America's destiny. yet because the usa grew dedicated to chilly struggle clash with the Soviet Union and the ideology of anticommunism got here to dominate American politics, scientists confronted an more and more energetic routine of defense and loyalty clearances in addition to the specter of intrusive investigations by means of the infamous residence Committee on Un-American actions and different govt bodies.
This booklet is the 1st significant research of yank scientists' encounters with chilly battle anticommunism within the decade after global struggle II. via reading circumstances of person scientists subjected to loyalty and safety investigations, the organizational reaction of the medical neighborhood to political assaults, and the relationships among chilly battle ideology and postwar technology coverage, Jessica Wang demonstrates the stifling results of anticommunist ideology at the politics of technology. She exposes the deep divisions over the chilly conflict in the clinical neighborhood and gives a fancy tale of tough offerings, a neighborhood in hindrance, and roads now not taken.

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R. 1285, Bush’s bill for a National Science Foundation. R. 1297 four days later. As contemporary observers and historians have both pointed out, the Kilgore and Magnuson bills contained three basic differences. These differences arose not simply from matters of legislative detail but sigCompeting Political Visions 27 nified widely divergent views about the proper relationship between science and government and the optimal political structure for postwar science. R. ’’ Kilgore’s board lacked the specific interest group configuration of the earlier Science Mobilization bill, but by placing representatives from eight federal agencies, most of them cabinet level, in addition to eight public members appointed by the president and subject to confirmation by the Senate, Kilgore maintained the concept of a diverse board that would assure public access to science policy.

702, the Science Mobilization bill. The new bill set forth the issues that would define later clashes over the political economy of postwar science. It called for the creation of a permanent Office of Scientific and Technological Mobilization that would study and coordinate federal research activities. Reflecting Kilgore’s populist suspicion of large-business interests, the bill proposed federal sponsorship of fellowships for science education in order to forestall universities’ dependence on industry, and it mandated public ownership of patents derived from publicly funded research in order to maximize freedom in research and protect the public from corporate monopolies maintained through patent pools.

Drawing on the work of Thurman Arnold, Grundfest contended, ‘‘The problem is not in the individual patent, but in the corporative control of patents. . ’’∂π Geneticist L. C. R. ’’∂∫ 32 Competing Political Visions Scientists who favored Kilgore’s ideas predicated their support on more than just commitments to economic planning and patent reform. Progressive left scientists embedded their vision for the nsf in a larger worldview that emphasized scientific cooperation with other nations and a domestic economy based on full employment.

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