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79TH CONG. , 2D SESS.-CH. 727-AUG. 1, 1946 [CHAPTER 727] AN ACT To establish an Office of Naval Research in the Department of the Navy; to plan, foster, and encourage scientific research in recognition of its paramount importance as related to the maintenance of future naval power, and the preservation of national security; to provide within the Department of the Navy a single office, which, by contract and otherwise, shall be able to obtain, coordinate, and make available to all bureaus and activities of the Department of the Navy, world-wide scientific information and the necessary services for conducting specialized and imaginative research; to establish a Naval Research Advisory Committee consisting of persons preeminent in the fields of science and research, to consult with and advise the Chief of such Office in matters pertaining to research. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That there is hereby created and established in the Office of the Secretary of the Navy an Office of Naval Research, which shall be charged with such duties relating to (1) the encouragement, promotion, planning, initiation, and coordination, of naval research; (2) the conduct of naval research in augmentation of and in conjunction with the research and develop- ment conducted by the respective bureaus and other agencies and offices of the Navy Department; and (3) the supervision, administra- tion, and control of activities within or on behalf of the Department of the Navy relating to patents, inventions, trade-marks, copy- rights, royalty payments, and matters connected therewith; as may be prescribed by the Secretary of the Navy. All of the duties of this Office shall be performed under the authority of the Secretary of the Navy and its orders shall be considered as emanating from him and shall have full force and effect as such. SEC. 2 . At the head of the Office of Naval Research there shall be a Chief of Naval Research, appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, for a term of not to exceed three years, from among officers not below the grade of commander on the active list of the Navy. The Chief of Naval Research shall have the same rank and shall be entitled to the same pay, allowances, and privileges of retirement as are now or may hereafter be prescribed by or in pursuance of law for chiefs of bureaus in the Navy Department. SEC. 3 . An officer on the active list of the Navy ma be detailed as Assistant Chief of Naval Research, and such officer shall receive the highest pay of his grade and in case of the death, resignation, absence, or sickness of the Chief of Naval Research, shall, until otherwise directed by the President as provided in Revised Statutes, section 179 (U. S . C., title 5, sec. 6), perform the duties of such chief until his successor is appointed or such absence or sickness shall cease. SEC. 4 . The Secretary of the Navy is hereby authorized to establish a Naval Research Advisory Committee, which shall consist of not exceeding fifteen persons to be appointed by the Secretary from those persons in civilian life who are preeminent in the fields of science, research, and development work. One member of such committee will be from the field of medicine. The members of such committee shall serve for such term or terms as the Secretary may specify, and shall meet at such times as may be specified by the Secretary to consult with and advise the Chief of Naval Operations and the Chief of the Office of Naval Research. Each member of such committee shall be entitled to compensation in the amount of $50 for each day or part of a day he shall be in attendance at any regularly called meeting of the committee, together with reimbursement for all travel expenses inci- dent to such attendance: Provided,That nothing contained in sections 779 August 1, 1946 [H. R . 69111 [Public Law 688] Navy. Office of NavalRe- search. Duties. Chief of Naval Re- search. Appointment, ete. Assistant Chief of Naval Research. Naval Research Ad- visory Committee. Term of service, etc. Compensation. 60 STAT.]