"Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will."
-George Bernard Shaw
The Endless Frontier
In 1945, Dr. Vannevar Bush, the Director of the Office of Scientific Research and Development under President Franklin Roosevelt, issued a report-Science: The Endless Frontier-that transformed scientific research by recognizing the unique role that universities serve in creating new knowledge and educating our technical experts. His words still resonate.
". . . without scientific progress no amount of achievement in other directions can insure our health, prosperity, and security as a nation in the modern world.
". . . There must be a stream of new scientific knowledge to turn the wheels of private and public enterprise. There must be plenty of men and women trained in science and technology for upon them depend both the creation of new knowledge and its application to practical purposes. . . .
". . . [Publicly and privately supported colleges and universities] are charged with the responsibility of conserving the knowledge accumulated by the past, imparting that knowledge to students, and contributing new knowledge of all kinds."
Science: The Endless Frontier
(U.S. Government Printing Office, 1945)