Government Funding of Scientific Instrumentation: A Review of U.S. Policy Debates Since World War II

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Focuses on post-World War II debates over federal government spending for scientific instrumentation, but also briefly notes the transition from private to public support for scientific instrumentation in the 19th century, including the the United States Exploring Expedition and the Smithsonian's role in providing instruments for the J. M. Gilliss 1849 Chilean expedition.


  • Gilliss, J. M (James Melville) 1811-1865
  • United States Exploring Expedition (USEE)


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Science, Technology, & Human Values Vol. 11, No. 3 (Journal)

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


Summer 1986


  • Scientific expeditions
  • History of Science and Technology
  • Voyages and travels
  • Scientific apparatus and instruments
  • Science
  • Government policy
  • Science and state

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Number of pages : 13; Page numbers : 34-46

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