Challengers to America's Science Crown

Countries from Israel to India are feeding their R&D capabilities with lavish resources so their economies can reap the resulting benefits

William Harris spent most of his career in the U.S. teaching chemistry or working at the National Science Foundation, where he was responsible for doling out $750 million a year in federal grants. But three years ago, Harris, now 59, moved to Ireland, the land of his forebears, to help turn it into a technology power.

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