Lot 95: Partly-printed DS as president, one page, 23 x 19, February 24, 1962. President Kennedy appoints MIT professor of electrical engineering Gordon S. Brown as "a Member of the President's Committee on the National Medal of Science." Signed at the conclusion by President Kennedy and countersigned by Secretary of State Dean Rusk. In fine condition, with scattered creases and trivial foxing to bottom edge. Accompanied by the original mailing tube.
Brown developed many concepts behind automatic feedback control systems and numerical control of machines, and served as dean of the MIT School of Engineering from 1959 to 1968. President Kennedy established by executive order the Committee on the National Medal of Science on August 23, 1961, and the first medal was awarded the following year to Theodore von Karman for his work at the Caltech Jet Propulsion Laboratory. A nice association considering the scientific advancements made during the Kennedy administration, especially in the realm of spaceflight.
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