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A SMALL committee has been appointed by the Treasury “to consider and report upon the desirability of establishing a National Physical Laboratory for the testing and verification of instruments for physical investigation, for the Construction and preservation of standards of measurement, and for the systematic determination of physical constants and numerical data useful for scientific and industrial purposes, and to report whether the work of such an institution, if established, could be associated with any testing or standardising work already performed wholly or partly at the public cost. “The following will be the members of the committee:—The Lord Rayleigh, F.R.S. (chairman), Sir Courtenay Boyle, K.C.B., Sir Andrew Noble, K.C.B., F.R.S., Sir John Wolfe Barry, K.C.B., F.R.S., Prof. W. C Roberts-Austen, C.B., F.R.S., Mr. Robert Chalmers, of the Treasury, Prof. A. W. Rucker, F.R.S., Mr. Alexander Siemens., Dr. T. E. Thorpe, F.R.S.

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Notes. Nature 56, 321–324 (1897).

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