On facing the duty of preparing the customary Presidential address for this year, I gave some thought to the question of what contribution I could best make. Having been for many years a field geologist and at times even an explorer, I might have gathered up the results of many local studies and generalized them. Being engaged more recently in studying desert physiography and the Pleistocene history of the Western States, I might have chosen one of those subjects—and indeed they are well worth considering.
However, in such a fateful year as 1940, it seemed to me that the occasion called for a subject of greater importance and one that has a more direct relation to the welfare of this nation; and so I decided to ask your attention this evening to a subject that has long been one of my chief concerns—namely, education in Science and its . . .