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"For the sciences, the way to change science's perception of things is to wait until all the old farts have died off."
- Larry Niven

Prime Directive  
  The first and most important rule; usually protective.  

This is (as far as I know) the earliest use of the phrase. It doesn't quite have the full meaning that it later acquired.

But that is impossible under the Prime Directive... Our function is to serve and obey, and guard men from harm. It is no longer necessary for men to care for themselves, because we exist to insure their safety and happiness.
From With Folded Hands, by Jack Williamson.
Published by Astounding Science Fiction in 1947
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By 1966, the usage had expanded. From a 1966 script for the Star Trek episode Return of the Archons:

Kirk: Landru must die.
Spock: Our prime directive of non-interference...
Kirk: That refers to a living, growing culture. I'm not convinced that this one is."

As far as the concept of the Prime Directive is concerned, the reader may wish to compare this entry to Relations with Extraterrestrial Life from Ogre (1944) by Clifford Simak and to the Law of Contact from Orphans of the Void (1952) by Orville Shaara.

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