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Elihu Root
(15 Feb 1845 - 7 Feb 1937)

American lawyer and statesman who was awarded the 1912 Nobel Peace Prize. He was U.S. Secretary of War (1899-1904), U.S. Secretary of State (1905-09) for President Theodore Roosevelt and then a U.S. Senator for New York.

Science Quotes by Elihu Root (1 quote)

Science has been arranging, classifying, methodizing, simplifying, everything except itself. It has made possible the tremendous modern development of power of organization which has so multiplied the effective power of human effort as to make the differences from the past seem to be of kind rather than of degree. It has organized itself very imperfectly. Scientific men are only recently realizing that the principles which apply to success on a large scale in transportation and manufacture and general staff work to apply them; that the difference between a mob and an army does not depend upon occupation or purpose but upon human nature; that the effective power of a great number of scientific men may be increased by organization just as the effective power of a great number of laborers may be increased by military discipline.
— Elihu Root
'The Need for Organization in Scientific Research', in Bulletin of the National Research Council: The National Importance of Scientific and Industrial Research (Oct 1919), Col 1, Part 1, No. 1, 8.
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