Testimony and Statements
July 29, 1999
RESOLUTION OF THE NATIONAL SCIENCE BOARD
AT ITS JULY 29, 1999 MEETING
IN COMMEMORATION OF
CONGRESSMAN GEORGE E. BROWN, JR.
For over three decades of distinguished service to the U.S. Congress and
the global science community, the National Science Board recognizes
Congressman George E. Brown, Jr., as more than a friend of science. He was a
fine intellect and a conscientious leader in extraordinary circumstances.
Mr. Brown was a fount of wisdom about how science and technology transform
our lives and our understanding of it. As an advocate for space exploration
and environmental protection, he challenged scientists and policymakers alike
to consider the unanticipated consequences that future generations would
face. As a champion of basic research and science education, Mr. Brown
reminded us that all citizens of all ages expect, and deserve, a return on
Vigilance defined Mr. Brown's career in public service. Concern about the
character of human culture and the quality of life dominated his work on the
Committee on Science. In a lecture last year, he said "Given that we can
completely transform the world with our knowledge, we are morally compelled
to answer the question, 'What is the end that we seek?'"
Be it RESOLVED that:
The National Science Board and students of government have lost a role
model and a colleague. The legacy of Congressman George Brown will
light the way to a science and technology policy for the next millennium.
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