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Head of this important new project will be Dr. Bryce S. DeWitt of the Radiation Laboratory of the University of California in Berkeley. Dr. DeWitt won the $1,000 Award of the Gravity Research Foundation for his Essay in 1953 entitled "New Directions For Research In The Theory Of Gravitation". Dr. DeWitt will keep in close touch with Dr. John Wheeler of Princeton.
     
I know that the Gravity Research Foundation has been greatly disturbed over airplane accidents. Until recently, they were discouraged because the airplane manufacturers would not cooperate with them and do something about "Old Man Gravity". George L. Trimble, Vice President of the Glenn L. Martin Company of Baltimore, Md., was the first one to act. Thru his efforts Martin has organized a new laboratory, the Research Institute For Advanced Science (RIAS). Director Welcome W. Bender outlined their plans at the Gravity Day Conference at New Boston. He said they will investigate Gravity and try to fill in the existing gaps in man's knowledge of the subject. With a better understanding of the nature and cause of Gravity they feel something may be done about it. They will welcome any suggestions for experiments in the field of gravitational phenomena which will throw more light on the subject or carry to more significant figures some of the measurements already made.
     
I have heard that Hiller, Sikorsky, Convair, and Lear have also indicated an interest in Gravity Research, but I know of no definite plans announced as yet, except by Convair. 
     
I could write you more about the studies of individuals like Jordan, Heim, Llavaty, Ivanenko, the group at Syracuse, and many others with whom the Foundation is working, but I am sure the highlights I have given you are enough for now. Write the Gravity Research Foundation at New Boston, N. H., for further details. They will gladly send
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