Stan's academic leave from Westinghouse was reported in Physics Today

Stan's academic leave from Westinghouse was reported in Physics Today

Working at an industrial lab like Westinghouse was less prestigious than holding an academic post, but Stan received professional validation during his time in Pittsburgh. 

Both realities were encapsulated in the five-word headline of an article in the October 1961 edition of Physics Today: "Academic Leave for Industrial Scientists."

The article reports that Stanley L. Ruby is one of four scientists granted paid leave under the Westinghouse Academic Leave Program.

Under the plan, outstanding professional personnel at the Laboratories are permitted to carry out individually planned research and study at any university or nonprofit institution of their choice in the world. Successful candidates are granted academic leave with maintenance of current salary for periods up to one year.

Westinghouse vice president for research S. W. Herwald is quoted thusly.

"The program is designed to broaden the viewpoint and experience of our top scientists and engineers by bringing them into contact with outstanding people, institutions, or facilities wherever they may exist in this country or abroad."

Stan's appointment in Israel is described.

Stanley L. Ruby will hold a nuclear-research fellowship at the Israel Atomic Energy Commission's research reactor and at the Weizmann Institute in Rehovoth.

Of course, by October 1961, the fellowship was well underway and our family was already in Israel. The actual making of arrangements, including securing the fellowship and the leave, must have taken place in the fall of 1960. 

That's why I commented in the last post that his meeting Harry Lipkin in Urbana in July 1960 may have had something to do with the fellowship offer.