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First International Parley on Atomic Energy to Be Held in Israel


The first international atomic conference to be held in the Middle East, convening at Rehovoth, Israel, on September 8, will draw scientists from all parts of the world–except from Israel’s own neighbors in the area. No Arab state or scientific institution will be represented.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization is one of the three main sponsors of the meeting; the others are the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics, and the Weizmann Institute of Science at Rehovoth. The meetings will be devoted to the theoretical, pure aspects of so-called” low-energy phenomena,” but practical application of the research resulting in more abundant power for underdeveloped areas, which include the Middle East, is expected to follow.

More than 130 scientists from 16 countries, including the United States, Britain, France, India, Russia and Japan, will participate in the Rehovoth meeting. Represented in the American delegation, the largest at the conference, will be scientists from all the great atomic laboratories and plants, including Oak Ridge, Brookhaven, Argonne, and Los Alamos; the physics departments of all the leading universities, and four U. S. Government agencies.