Important Historical Dates
APRIL 27, 1950
Final passage by House of Representatives of bill creating
the National Science Foundation. House passed the original
bill, H.R. 4846, on March 1 by 247-126 vote.
APRIL 28, 1950
Final passage of science bill by the Senate. Original Senate
bill, S.247, was passed on March 18.
MAY 10, 1950
President Harry S. Truman signed the bill creating the National
Science Foundation. Truman announced this signing in the
morning from the rear platform of a train in Pocatello, Idaho.
SEPTEMBER 27, 1950
NSF's first budget of $225,000 was approved by President
NOVEMBER 2, 1950
President Truman announced his appointments to the National
DECEMBER 12, 1950
The first meeting took place of the National Science Board
in the White House.