A serious shortage of scientists and engineers exists in the United States at the present time, which appears likely to become very critical in the next few years. It is evident that only part of the shortage arises from the present emergency, in which the scientist becomes for the first time one of the most important factors in military planning; long‐term shortages of scientists also exist which are likely to affect adversely the national economy and morale. From industry, from government laboratories, from universities, from the teaching profession itself, comes increasing clamor regarding the shortage of scientists in both fundamental and applied fields.

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