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Sarnoff Honored for Developing Radio Services; Predicts Scientific Achievements

Brigadier General David Sarnoff, who was born 55 years ago in Minsk and came to the U.S. as a nine-year-old boy, was honored last night at a dinner in the Waldorf-Astoria commemorating his entrance into radio in 1906 as an office boy in the pioneer days of the industry.

General Sarnoff, who is president of the Radio Corporation of America, was the recipient yesterday of the “Man of Science” award presented by Science Illustrated Magazine. He also received from RCA officials the wireless key he used on April 12, 1912, when he picked up the message that the steamship Titanic was sinking. He was then a wireless operator in New York.

Speaking before 1,000 persons, he forecast some of the scientific wonders of the future, including push-button weather control to provide rain or shine at will, nuclear power plants to change deserts to gardens, radio mail delivery and communications sets for individuals for immediate contact with persons throughout the world.