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George Ellery Hale: Solar Physics and Related Inventions, 1927

Importance of Sharing

Expansion at Mount Wilson continued and the pace, pressures, and his extreme energetic enthusiasm may have contributed to the first nervous breakdown in 1910 that compelled Hale to take a year away from work. During that year he traveled with his wife to Europe and Egypt, keeping his scientific contacts to a minimum.

As World War I began in 1914 in Europe, Hale pursued his belief in the importance of sharing scientific discovery and from his position with the National Academy of Sciences, promoted the goal of a group to advise the government on scientific policy. He founded and chaired the National Research Council and for three years ran the scientific war effort.