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A Selection of Highlights from the History of the National Academy of Sciences, 1863-2005

Frederick Seitz

This work relates selected events in the history of the National Academy focusing on the terms of the various presidents from the first, Alexander D. Bache, the great grandson of Benjamin Franklin, to the most recent, Ralph Cicerone. In its early days, the Academy was fostered by the Smithsonian Institution to support the cultivation of science in the United States. In its current state, the Academy can be regarded as an almost independent organization representative of the basic and applied science, including engineering and medicine. Special attention is given to roles played by the Academy and Academy members in three great wars, as well as side developments made possible through wartime ventures and advances in technology. « less more »
University Press of America
Pages: 112Size: 6 x 9
978-0-7618-3586-8 • Hardback • December 2006 • $58.00 • (£39.95)
978-0-7618-3587-5 • Paperback • January 2007 • $34.99 • (£23.95)
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Frederick Seitz is President Emeritus at the Rockefeller University. He was President of the National Academy of Sciences, 1962D1968. Dr. Seitz has received numerous medals of service from the scientific community and the U.S. government. He has been awarded the National Medal of Science, and holds thirty-four honorary degrees. He received his Ph.D. in Physics from Princeton University.
Chapter 1 Founding
Chapter 2 Alexander Dallas Bache
Chapter 3 Joseph Henry
Chapter 4 William Barton Rogers
Chapter 5 John Wesley Powell
Chapter 6 Othniel Charles Marsh
Chapter 7 Oliver Wolcott Gibbs
Chapter 8 Alexander Agassiz
Chapter 9 Revolution in Physics
Chapter 10 Ira Remsen
Chapter 11 William Henry Welch
Chapter 12 Charles Doolittle Walcott
Chapter 13 Albert Abraham Michelson
Chapter 14 Thomas Hunt Morgan
Chapter 15 William Wallace Campbell
Chapter 16 Frank Rattray Lillie
Chapter 17 Frank Barton Jewett
Chapter 18 Alfred Newton Richards
Chapter 19 Detlev Wulf Bronk
Chapter 20 Frederick Seitz
Chapter 21 Philip Handler
Chapter 22 Frank Press
Chapter 23 Bruce Michael Alberts
Chapter 24 Ralph John Cicerone
Part 25 Appendix A: Source of Photographs
Part 26 Appendix B: Officers of National Academy
Part 27 Notes