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Individuals Noteworthy
George John Leness, '26

Corporation Member

THE ELECTION of George John Leness, '26, as a life member of the M.I.T. Corporation was announced on March 22 by Chairman James R. Killian, Jr., '26, Mr. Leness is the newly elected president of Merrill, Lynch, Pierce, Fenner and Smith, Inc., in New York, and previously served on the M.I.T. Corporation as an alumni term member, from 1949 to 1954.

Mr. Leness has been with his present firm since 1943, when he joined it as a general partner and head of the Underwriting Department. He became vice-president and chairman of the Executive Committee in 1959. He was previously associated with Harris Forbes and Company, Chase Harris Forbes Corporation, and the First Boston Corporation. He makes his home at 1185 Park Avenue in New York, and is a director of the Sinclair Oil Corporation and the Beekman Downtown Hospital. 

Mr. Leness received a degree from Harvard as well as M.I.T., and is a member of Delta Tau Delta and Tau Beta Pi fraternities. His clubs include the M.I.T. Club of New York, the University Club, the Brook, and the Down Town Association.

Charles Hard Townes

M.I.T.'s New Provost

CHARLES H. TOWNES will fill the re-established Office of Provost at M.I.T., starting next fall. As provost, he will be the senior academic officer reporting to the President and share responsibility with the President for general supervision of the Institute's research and educational programs. He will work directly with the Deans in furthering the programs of the several Schools, and will have primary concern for all inter-School activities, including the new interdisciplinary research centers. 

A native of Greenville, S.C., Dr. Townes received his first degrees from Furman University and Duke University and his doctorate in physics at the California Institute of Technology in 1939. He then joined the technical staff of the Bell Telephone Laboratories, where he remained until his appointment to the faculty at Columbia University. At Columbia he later served as executive director of the Columbia Radiation Laboratory and chairman of the Department of Physics. 
Dr. Townes is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a fellow and member of the Council of the American Physical Society, a member of the American Philosophical Society, a senior member of the Institute of Radio Engineers, and of other professional and learned societies. He has been a Sigma Xi national lecturer, a Guggenheim fellow, and a Fulbright lecturer at the University of Paris and the University of Tokyo.

He has received the Comstock Award of the National Academy of Sciences, the Morris Liebmann Memorial Prize of the Institute of Radio Engineers, the Stuart Ballantine Medal of the Franklin Institute, and, most recently, the Rumford Premium of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is editor of Quantum Electronics, published last year by the Columbia University Press, and the author of more than 100 books and scientific papers. His most widely known work relates to the theory of application of masers, on which he holds the fundamental patent. 

Dr. Townes is currently on leave from his post as professor of physics at Columbia and is serving as vice-president and director of re-search for the Institute for Defense Analyses in Washington.

Faculty Promotions
THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE of the Corporation has approved the promotions of the following members of the Faculty to the rank of associate professor:
Judson R. Baron, '48, Aeronautics;
Amar G. Bose, '51, Electrical Engineering;
Gene M. Brown, Biology;
Gordon L. Brownell, '50, Nu-clear Engineering;
Steven A. Coons,'32, Mechanical Engineering;
Peter S. Eagleson, '56, Civil Engineering;
Merton C. Flemings, Jr., '51, Metallurgy;
Moise H. Goldstein, Jr., '51, Electrical Engineering;
Martin Greenberger, Industrial Management;
Elias P. Gyftopoulos, '58, Nuclear Engineering;
Sigurdur Helgason, Mathematics;
Kerson Huang, '50, Physics;
Kenneth A. Johnson, Physics;
Daniel M. Kan, Mathematics;
Jerome Y. Lettvin, '47, Biology;
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