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Responding to National Needs: The National Bureau of Standards Becomes the National Institute of Standards and Technology, 1969-1993

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Author(s)

J F. Schooley

Abstract

This book is a history of the National Bureau of Standards (NBS)/National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for the period 1969 to 1993. It complements and extends two earlier histories (Measures for Progress, by Rexmond C. Cochrane, and A Unique Institution: The National Bureau of Standards, 1950-1969, by Elio Passaglia). The text is written in roughly chronical fashion. It briefly describes both administrative and technical activities affecting the agency, emphasizing the breadth and depth of scientific and engineering work done there, as well as the close and continuing relationships between NBS/NIST and other organizations in the U.S. technical sector. Running through the text is evidence of the continual drift towards more direct assistance to American industry that culminated in the change inname and charter of NBS to NIST. The transition to NIST and its consequences are briefly discussed.
Citation
Special Publication (NIST SP) - 955
Report Number
955

Keywords

history of NBS/NIST, NBS, NIST, technical projects at NBS/NIST

Citation

Schooley, J. (2000), Responding to National Needs: The National Bureau of Standards Becomes the National Institute of Standards and Technology, 1969-1993, Special Publication (NIST SP), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD (Accessed October 19, 2021)
Created November 1, 2000, Updated October 16, 2008