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Early background and education; supported herself through school (Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy); reasons for choice of school; University of Kentucky. Husband’s work (Mervin Kelly), his position at Bell Laboratories, his interactions with other scientists, William Shockley, James Fisk, Oliver E. Buckley; the war years, and recollections of Walter Brattain, John Bardeen, Conyers Herring. Also prominently mentioned are: Harold DeForest Arnold, Clinton Joseph Davisson, Robert Andrews Millikan; Kelly College, New York University.
Piore's involvement in science research policies; establishment of the Office of Naval Research and its relationship with institutions such as the National Science Foundation, National Science Board, Atomic Energy Commission, and the President's Science Advisory Committee; funding of large-scale research (SLAC and other accelerator centers). Education, from high school (Ethical Culture Society, New York City) and college years at University of Wisconsin (Ph.D. in physics, 1935).