Upon the retirement of Vannevar Bush after two years as chairman of the Research and Development Board of the National Military Establishment, President Truman announced the appointment of Karl T. Compton to succeed him in directing U.S. military research. Dr. Bush stated in his letter of resignation that he felt it wise to have a reasonable rotation in the civilian membership of the Board. He now returns to full time service as president of Carnegie Institution of Washington. Dr. Compton resigned his presidency of Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was elected chairman of the Institute's corporation. On his recommendation, his executive assistant, James R. Killian, Jr., was chosen to succeed him as president of MIT.

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