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NSF History

50th Anniversary

Research Highlights

America's Investment in the Future (50th anniversary book)

"Nifty 50"

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Important Historical Dates

APRIL 27, 1950

Final passage by House of Representatives of bill creating the National Science Foundation. House passed the original bill, H.R. 4846, on March 1 by 247-126 vote.

APRIL 28, 1950

Final passage of science bill by the Senate. Original Senate bill, S.247, was passed on March 18.

MAY 10, 1950

President Harry S. Truman signed the bill creating the National Science Foundation. Truman announced this signing in the morning from the rear platform of a train in Pocatello, Idaho.

SEPTEMBER 27, 1950

NSF's first budget of $225,000 was approved by President Truman.

NOVEMBER 2, 1950

President Truman announced his appointments to the National Science Board.

DECEMBER 12, 1950

The first meeting took place of the National Science Board in the White House.

For more information about NSF's history, see NSF's 50th anniversary website.


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