Volume 91 Issue 18 | p. 32 | C&EN Talks With
Issue Date: May 6, 2013

John Edward Porter

It is a critical time for scientists to educate policymakers about the importance of research, former congressman says
Department: Government & Policy
Keywords: Advocacy, research, budget, Congress

When John Edward Porter enrolled in Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1953, he planned on becoming a scientist or engineer. But at the end of his freshman year, Porter had a change of heart and opted instead to follow in the footsteps of his father, an elected state judge. And so he became a lawyer. But he never lost his love for science.

Porter’s interest in science continued and evolved into political support for federally . . .

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