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Impressive Credentials

Your recent discussion of me and other unemployed scientists ["Emigre Soviet Scientists Remain Jobless In U.S., Despite Experience," The Scientist, Sept. 17, 1990, page 1] failed to include the fact that I have to my credit 56 scientific papers, books, 13 patents, and a postdoctoral degree (only 10 percent of Soviet scientists get this degree). Nor did the article mention the many USSR aerospace projects in which I took part. Moreover, the article did not make clear that while I was indeed a pr

Alexander Bolonkin

Your recent discussion of me and other unemployed scientists ["Emigre Soviet Scientists Remain Jobless In U.S., Despite Experience," The Scientist, Sept. 17, 1990, page 1] failed to include the fact that I have to my credit 56 scientific papers, books, 13 patents, and a postdoctoral degree (only 10 percent of Soviet scientists get this degree). Nor did the article mention the many USSR aerospace projects in which I took part.

Moreover, the article did not make clear that while I was indeed a prisoner in the Soviet Union, I was a well-known political prisoner, not a criminal. Andrei Sakharov fought for my release.

I was under the impression that the article was intended to help Soviet scientists get jobs in the United States and make a contribution to science and technology in this fine country. Owing to the above-mentioned omissions from the article, I am afraid I may never get...

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