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03/03/1863 Abraham Lincoln approves charter for National Academy of Sciences


Abraham Lincoln and the Founding of the National Academy of Sciences


Overview of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Founded as a result of an Act of Congress that was approved by Abraham Lincoln, the NAS is charged with "providing independent, objective advice to the nation on matters related to science and technology. … to provide scientific advice to the government 'whenever called upon' by any government department.
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