As a freshman congressman in 1963, Rep. George E. Brown Jr. (D-Calif.) was an early opponent of U.S. military involvement in Vietnam. Last year, he helped lead a successful congressional drive for a moratorium on testing of experimental anti-satellite weapons and supported a pledge by university physics students and professors to refuse funding from the Strategic Defense Initiative program. Throughout his career on Capitol Hill, in fact, Brown, while representing a district heavily dependent on military spending, has been a consistent critic of US military buildup programs.

As an influential member of the House Committee on Science and Technology, he also has helped to shape U.S. policy in those areas. Brown, who received his BA in physics from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1946, also serves on the Agriculture Committee. He was interviewed on Capitol Hill January 19 by Tabitha M. Powledge, editor of The Scientist. The...

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