In support of NIST's fundamental task to provide unique measurement capabilities for industry, NIST's laboratories carry out the basic research that is essential for advanced technology. They provide the know-how to maintain and improve our measurement and calibration capability in areas such as time, power and materials, and in health and medicine. It is unthinkable that a modern nation could expect to remain competitive without these services.
The NIST laboratories carry out research for the Department of Defense and many other branches of the federal government. Their facilities are used by scientists from across the nation, and their staff includes some of the nation's leading scientists and engineers.
Measurements and standards techniques from the NIST laboratories have been estimated to save the nation billions of dollars annually through their use in industries such as electrical power, semiconducting manufacturing, medical, agricultural, food processing, and building materials. The loss of these laboratories would be a serious blow to our long term technological capability and to our national enterprise in basic research.
We urge you to make every possible effort to preserve this national treasure.
|Philip W. Anderson |
James W. Cronin
Val L. Fitch
Sheldon Lee Glashow
|Russell Hulse |
Henry W. Kendall
Edward Mills Purcell
Arthur L. Schawlow
|Clifford Shull |
Joseph H. Taylor
Charles H. Townes
Kenneth G. Wilson
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