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Innocent ExperimentsChildhood and the Culture of Public Science in the United States$
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Rebecca Onion

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781469629476

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469629476.001.0001

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Embryo Scientists

Embryo Scientists

Finding and Saving Postwar “Science Talent”

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Innocent Experiments

Rebecca Onion

University of North Carolina Press

The Science Talent Search, started by the Westinghouse Corporation in 1942, aimed to identify and support the most scientifically talented young people in their senior classes. This chapter uses the archive of the Science Talent Search to argue that in the postwar years, the adults who ran the contest were invested in depicting scientifically interested young people as both “normal” and exceptional.

Keywords:   Science Talent Search, Science talent, Career development, Science in the postwar years

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