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NAS Celebrates 150 Years: The Story of Our Founding

The National Academy of Sciences was founded March 3, 1863 by President Abraham Lincoln. Watch Richard Alley, NAS member and Chair of the exhibit, EarthLab: Degrees of Change, set the stage for this moment in NAS history in this episode from PBS's "Earth: The Operators' Manual."

The excerpt begins at the Lincoln Memorial where Alley tells the little-known story of how Lincoln and his advisors founded the National Academy of Sciences to address scientific problems during the Civil War.

Watch the video.