When asked to define or discuss something, we tend to start with several examples. When asked to speak about statesmanship in science, I find it difficult to get beyond the first example. To me, statesmanship in science is that quality that was possessed, in abundance, by K. T. Compton. I am tempted to recount those attributes and attitudes that characterized his distinguished career of service to science and to society. But K. T. would want us to take another direction, I am sure. He would want us to look not to the past but to the future.

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