The Congress

  • Manfred “Dutch” von Ehrenfried
Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)


Members of both houses of Congress were ready to act, but they needed some direction from the President. On November 21, 1957, less than two months after the launch of Sputnik, Eisenhower established the President’s Scientific Advisory Committee (PSAC). It was chaired by Dr. James R. Killian, Jr. of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). It included 18 distinguished scientists, engineers, and policy makers including the current NACA Chairman, Gen. Doolittle. Dr. Killian had two subcommittees, one on policy headed by Dr. Edward H. Purcell who was a Bell Telephone Executive Vice President, and the other an organization headed by Dr. James B. Fisk of Harvard University. Both subcommittee chairmen were physicists, and they knew what the President wanted.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Manfred “Dutch” von Ehrenfried
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  1. 1.Lago VistaUSA

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