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The Practical Value of Pure Science

Millikan, Robert Andrews (1924) The Practical Value of Pure Science. Science, 59 (1514). pp. 7-10. ISSN 0036-8075.

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When I reflect that preceding Edison medallists have been men of the type of Charles F. Brush, who first showed the world that electricity might be used for city lighting; Alexander Graham Bell, whose invention was at the base of the whole vast system of modern communications; Frank Sprague, who was responsible for the application of electric power to railway transportation; M. I. Pupin, who made long distance telephony possible; J. J. Carty, under whose inspiration and leadership the telephone repeater and amplifier, with all that they mean to the enrichment of modern life, have been brought forth, and others of like achievement in the application of electricity to large industrial uses, I feel that there may have been a misunderstanding or a mistake in connection with this year's award. For when I look over my thirty years of scientific effort I can find no industry which has grown out of my researches, nor even any which have been very immediately benefited by them.

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Additional Information:© 1924 American Association for the Advancement of Science. Response to the presentation of the Edison Medal at Del Monte on the evening of October 4, when the president's presentation address was made by Dr. Frank B. Jewett from his home in New Jersey, his voice being carried over telephone lines and amplified through the magnivox so as to be very distinctly audible to the entire audience seated at dinner in the Del Monte Hotel, three thousand miles away.
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Official Citation:The Practical Value of Pure Science Robert Andrews Millikan Science, New Series, Vol. 59, No. 1514 (Jan. 4, 1924), pp. 7-10 Published by: American Association for the Advancement of Science Article Stable URL:
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