Scientists Without Ph.D.'s

I would like to say, as an associate scientist, that I was very pleased to see an article that gave non-Ph.D. scientists some greatly deserved credit [N. Sankaran, "Scientists Without Ph.D.'s Have Niche To Fill And Room To Grow In Industrial R&D Labs," The Scientist, July 24, 1995, page 1]. The only point of contention I'd like to make is the use of the "T" word -- the word "technician" -- by Gordon Moore in the article. Nothing will rile a B.S.- or M.S.- level scientist more than being called

Alan Florjanic
Oct 15, 1995
I would like to say, as an associate scientist, that I was very pleased to see an article that gave non-Ph.D. scientists some greatly deserved credit [N. Sankaran, "Scientists Without Ph.D.'s Have Niche To Fill And Room To Grow In Industrial R&D Labs," The Scientist, July 24, 1995, page 1]. The only point of contention I'd like to make is the use of the "T" word -- the word "technician" -- by Gordon Moore in the article. Nothing will rile a B.S.- or M.S.- level scientist more than being called a technician, for it implies that we simply do our job without thought or insight. As the article stated, we do contribute to the thought processes behind our projects; we also come up with original ideas and concepts, as well as lending our experience and expertise to the work at hand, exactly like our Ph.D. colleagues.

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