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Reuben G. Gustavson was an eminent scientist, scholar, educator ,and administrator who served as Chancellor of the University of Nebraska from 1946 until 1953. In honor of his contributions to education and research, the Reuben G. Gustavson Memorial Lectures were established in 1975 under the sponsorship of Resources for the Future, Inc. and four of the universities Dr. Gustavson served. The general theme of the lectures, given annually at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, is "Science and Society."
The following article, "The relationship of science to the North-South dialogue," was written by Dr. William Neill Hubbard, Jr., President of Upjohn Company, and delivered by him as the 1978 Gustavson Lecture. Dr. Hubbard received the B.A. degree from Columbia University in 1941. He attended the University of North Carolina School of Medicine from 1941 to 1943 and received the M.D. degree from the New York University College of Medicine in 1944. He joined the faculty of the N.Y.U. College of Medicine in 1950 where he served also as Assistant Dean until 1953, when he was named Associate Dean. In 1959, Dr. Hubbard left New York to become Dean of the University of Michigan School of Medicine and Professor of Internal Medicine. In 1968, he was made Director of the University of Michigan Medical Center.