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A foundation for research

Fowler, William A. (1975) A foundation for research. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 72 (8). pp. 2843-2847. ISSN 0027-8424. PMCID PMC432872. doi:10.1073/pnas.72.8.2843.

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This happy occasion is a birthday celebration. It is a time for affectionate reminiscences and optimistic prognostications. It's a time to look back and a time to look forward -- but most of all it's a time to sing Happy Birthday -- off key or on. It's a time to look at the stars-not at the budget. It's a time to chortle in our joy for surely this is one of Lewis Carroll's frabjous days. Callooh! Callay! It's a time for faith -- for the belief that there are certain self-evident truths. Among these truths is this: research is a fundamental human activity -- it illuminates and blesses our lives. Sure it helps to make a living but most of all it helps to make living worthwhile -- culturally as well as practically. It's time to be an optimist -- things cannot get worse; not a pessimist -- things cannot possibly get better. Maybe I have that reversed -- who cares? It's a Birthday Party. Happy Birthday, National Science Foundation. We salute your Board, your Director and, most important of all, your Staff.

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Additional Information:©1975 by the National Academy of Sciences. This paper was presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. on April 21-23, 1975, in a symposium commemorating The First Twenty-Five Years of the National Science Foundation. A longer version appeared in 2 May 1975 Science 188, 414-420.
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