Another step in the direction of an activated National Science Foundation was taken on November 2 when President Truman appointed twenty‐four scientists, educators, and industrialists to the National Science Board in accordance with the terms of Public Law 507 of the 81st Congress, which established the Foundation as an independent agency in the executive branch of the government. This Act specified that persons named as Board members must be eminent in the fields of the basic sciences, medical science, engineering, agriculture, education, or public affairs and that they be selected solely in terms of their individual records. The Act asks further that the members be so chosen as to provide representation of the views of scientific leaders in all areas of the Nation.

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