Men of Science
DURING and after World War II Angus' university work brought him into contact with some of the nation's leading scientists. It was a stimulating experience, and as education more rewarding than any books or courses. He could not understand their work but approached it with the humility of conscious ignorance and sometimes grasped its larger significance; he could sense the high personal quality and character of leaders in physics, chemistry, and medicine, and he was impressed with their attitudes and values. There were some fine examples of the scientific mind in his own faculties at Rochester, and friendship with them enhanced his respect for the potential excellence of human society, if men of such quality and motivations could be produced in far larger numbers and with broader education.
Like a civilian who can brashly talk with a general as a colonel or a sergeant cannot, Angus was able to put elementary questions to the experts, and get better answers than he deserved. Since he had no personal responsibility for the research itself, he