William T. Golden, a corporate executive and a longtime advocate of progress in science and technology, was named chairman of the board of trustees of the American Museum of Natural History last month. The 79-year-old Golden, who serves in an advisory capacity at several corporations, including General American.

Investors Co. and Block Drug Co., says his aim is to provide "leadership without domination" in representing the board to the museum's president. The new chairman has been a museum trustee since 1968 and most recently served as vice-chairman. He recalls that his lifelong love affair with science began when he received his first radio and transmitting device at the age of 13.

The board is currently developing plans for the modernization of the New York City museum, a 5 to 10 year program that will provide for renovations of museum exhibitions and structures as well as support for the activities of...

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