Roland W. Schmitt

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Roland Walter Schmitt (July 24, 1923 – March 31, 2017 ) was a physicist, business executive and the nineteenth president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.


  • We hardly know the limit of intelligence of individuals who can fruitfully contribute to science in one way or another if they are given the proper training – including graduate training – as assistants, as supervised or semi-independent researchers, as team members. Individuals with any of a very broad spectrum of intellectual attributes can contribute to science.
    • in Criteria for Federal Support of Science: A Panel Discussion Arranged by the Division of Physical Sciences, National Research Council, March 11, 1968. National Academy of Sciences. 1969. p. 17. 

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