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Larkin Kerwin

John Larkin Kerwin (June 22, 1924May 1, 2004) was a Canadian physicist. From 1954 to 1955, he was the president of the Canadian Association of Physicists. From 1980 to 1985, he was President of the National Research Council of Canada and was the first president of the Canadian Space Agency.

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  • A scientist has the additional responsibility that comes with being a specialist: explaining science to the public, advising of its usefulness and benefits, and warning of its dangers and disadvantages. This is the responsibility of any specialist.
    • in The Role of Canadian Science, edited by Bernard Ostry, Janice Yalden (2004). Visions of Canada: the Alan B. Plaunt memorial lectures, 1958-1992. McGill-Queen's Press. p. 492. ISBN 0773526625. 
  • To understand is to marvel. To marvel with understanding is to achieve the highest of intellectual states, to justify the triple raison d'être mentioned above: to be sensitive to theology, to aesthetics, and to science.
    • in The Role of Canadian Science, edited by Bernard Ostry, Janice Yalden (2004). Visions of Canada: the Alan B. Plaunt memorial lectures, 1958-1992. McGill-Queen's Press. p. 496. ISBN 0773526625. 

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