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International Scientists Select Israel As Site for Two Conferences

Two international scientific organizations have selected Israel as the site for their meetings this spring because they consider the Middle East a particularly fertile area for scientific and technical discussions in their respective fields, it was revealed today by Prof. Herman F. Mark, director of the Polymer Institute at the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn.

These two international bodies are the Commission on Macromolecules of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry and the Technical Panel on Wood Chemistry in the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations. Prof. Mark, who serves as chairman of both groups, made the announcement at a luncheon given in his honor today at the St. Regis Hotel by the Weizmann Institute of Science. The luncheon was attended by a number of distinguished scientists, among them Prof. I. Rabi, Nobel Laureate and chairman of the Advisory Committee to the Atomic Energy Commission.

Prof. Mark said that the Weizmann Institute at Rehovoth, Israel, had been chosen as the meeting place of the two congresses because its scientists have made very significant contributions to the subject fields during the past two years. He added that over 50 countries, including Russia, Japan and India, would be represented at the conferences.

Meyer W. Weisgal, chairman of the executive council of the Weizmann Institute, who presided at the luncheon declared that “the Weizmann Institute has reached the stage where it can render important services to the entire Middle East. “Once peace is established in the Middle East the Weizmann Institute will be eager to open its doors to Arab scientists for the purpose of friendly cooperation that will benefit the entire Middle East which is so desperately in need of modern scientific guidance,” Mr. Weisgal said.

Abraham Feinberg, president of the American Committee for the Weizmann institute, also spoke, Prof. Mark will leave New York within the next few days for Israel, where he will help in the preparation of the two scientific meetings, which open on April 3rd and over which he will preside.

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