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Fellowship of the Royal Society

Nature volume 78, page 78 (28 May 1908) | Download Citation



IT is well known that under existing regulations the number of new fellows elected to the Royal Society every year is only fifteen. In this way the total number of fellows is kept at about 450. In the early days when this arrangement was made the limited annual number was doubtless sufficient to ensure the election of all the scientific men who really merited the honour, but since those days the scientific world has been growing larger and larger, and at the same time the general standard of work in all branches has become higher.

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