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This work relates selected events in the history of the National Academy focusing on the terms of the various presidents from the first, Alexander D. Bache, the great grandson of Benjamin Franklin, to the most recent, Ralph Cicerone. In its early days, the Academy was fostered by the Smithsonian Institution to support the cultivation of science in the United States. In its current state, the Academy can be regarded as an almost independent organization representative of the basic and applied science, including engineering and medicine. Special attention is given to roles played by the Academy and Academy members in three great wars, as well as side developments made possible through wartime ventures and advances in technology.
Chapter 1 Founding Chapter 2 Alexander Dallas Bache Chapter 3 Joseph Henry Chapter 4 William Barton Rogers Chapter 5 John Wesley Powell Chapter 6 Othniel Charles Marsh Chapter 7 Oliver Wolcott Gibbs Chapter 8 Alexander Agassiz Chapter 9 Revolution in Physics Chapter 10 Ira Remsen Chapter 11 William Henry Welch Chapter 12 Charles Doolittle Walcott Chapter 13 Albert Abraham Michelson Chapter 14 Thomas Hunt Morgan Chapter 15 William Wallace Campbell Chapter 16 Frank Rattray Lillie Chapter 17 Frank Barton Jewett Chapter 18 Alfred Newton Richards Chapter 19 Detlev Wulf Bronk Chapter 20 Frederick Seitz Chapter 21 Philip Handler Chapter 22 Frank Press Chapter 23 Bruce Michael Alberts Chapter 24 Ralph John Cicerone Part 25 Appendix A: Source of Photographs Part 26 Appendix B: Officers of National Academy Part 27 Notes