The Scientist

Date: March 3, 1997


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Since early childhood," William T. Golden remarks, "I have always enjoyed tinkering with electrical, chemical, biological, and mechanical things." In 1922, shortly after his 13th birthday, Golden received his amateur radio license. Although he ultimately pursued a career in finance and industry, Golden has played an important role in some of the U.S.'s key scientific policy developments.

Golden served as a naval officer in World War II and received commendations for inventing an antiaircraft machine gun device. As an adviser to President Harry Truman, he created the office of Science Adviser...

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