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U.S. Gets Israeli Translations of Soviet Scientific Publications

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The first delivery of Soviet Russian scientific and technical publications translated in Israel as part of a United States Government program financed by the sale of surplus agricultural commodities was announced today by the U.S. National Science Foundation and the Department of Commerce.

The translations were prepared by the Israel program for scientific translations in Jerusalem under contract with the National Science Foundation of Washington. The Israeli program has contracted for the translation and printing of approximately 50,000 pages of Russian material. Included is highly technical material of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR. The office of technical services of the U.S. Commerce Department catalogs, distributes and sells the translations.

Dr. Alan T. Waterman, director of the National Science Foundation, said the program in Israel had “the important effect of stimulating expanded scientific information exchange without respect to national boundaries.” This translation program, he said, reinforces the efforts of American scientists to keep abreast of significant scientific developments abroad. “Overcoming the language barrier, a major impediment to free communication of national research findings, is a primary concern of scientists everywhere today” he emphasized.

Funds for the project are Israeli pounds generated by the sale of United States surplus agricultural commodities in Israel.

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