April 20, 1944

Deferment Urged for Students
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Speaking at a press conference yesterday, Dr. Ray Lyman Wilbur, chairman of the War Department Advisory Committee on Army Specialized Training, warned that the country faces a shortage of scientists and technicians in the immediate post-war years unless action is taken now. Wilbur, who is also chancellor of Stanford University, urged governmental manpower agencies to deem students in certain fields as essential to national welfare and grant deferment from military service. The fields of chemistry, physics, advanced engineering, bacteriology, biology, pre-medical, and pre-dental are the areas in which Wilbur believes deferments should be granted. He indicated the number of students currently in the sciences is less than one-third of the normal average and that “…we never had a surplus.”

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