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The role of scientists in today’s world has been greatly enhanced by the explosive growth of the new technology that they have helped to create. Those of us who fit the category of television-watching newspaper-reading average citizens would probably admit to a love/hate relationship with those scientists; we love the comforts and conveniences made possible through advanced technology and scientific research, but we tend to be uneasy because so much of the technical base of our existence is just beyond (or far beyond) the limits of our easy grasp and full perception. More and more we come to depend on a special class of skilled scientists to interpret environmental and health issues, to provide technical contributions to industrial decision making, and to assist government agencies in assembling and evaluating data for regulatory uses. Members of this special (some might even say elite) class of scientists are called “consultants.”
KeywordsScientific Consultant Consult Group Skilled Scientist Public Interest Group Entrepreneurial Scientist
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