[ RadSafe ] Nuclear Physics Political Demise at Oregon StateUniversity

bobcherry at satx.rr.com bobcherry at satx.rr.com
Fri Mar 25 15:17:26 CDT 2011

"Germany also had political command of science in the past, with great harm to 

This is true to some extent for science in general. However, the greatest harm, ironically and appropriately IMO, was to German science specifically. Many, if not most, of the best German physicists, including Einstein, left Germany for better (i.e., safer) conditions. This was of great benefit to American science in particular. This "lost" generation of German physicists made great lasting contributions in their new countries, both in their own right and in their education and mentorship of subsequent generations of physicists. German physics, once the greatest in the world, has not recovered from this exodus.

I don't know about other basic sciences. Did something similar occur in chemistry and biology?

Bob C

---- garyi at trinityphysics.com wrote: 
> Howard,
> Thanks very much for sharing this.  Because it is a nuclear physics program, the relevance is 
> obvious.  If it was a medical school, I would still be interested but I would expect the medical 
> professionals to take the lead in any intervention or investigation.
> -Gary Isenhower
> On 24 Mar 2011 at 19:09, Howard wrote:
> Franz,
> Germany also had political command of science in the past, with great harm to science.
> I do not agree that policial bribery to determine scientific degree (or obstruction thereof) is 
> "geographically very confined" and should be ignored if not in one's own institution.
> Howard Long
> On Mar 24, 2011, at 4:31 PM, Franz Schönhofer <franz.schoenhofer at chello.at> wrote:
> > Howard et al.,
> > 
> > Do you really think that this geographically very confined political story
> > is appropriate for a so called "International Radiation Protection (Health
> > Physics) Mailing List"? I do not think so. 
> > 
> > Franz
> > 
> > Franz Schoenhofer, PhD
> > MinRat i.R.
> > Habicherg. 31/7
> > A-1160 Wien/Vienna
> > 
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