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Nature volume 82, pages 288292 (06 January 1910) | Download Citation



WE learn from the Times of January 3 that the will of the late Dr. Ludwig Mond directs his trustees, on the death of Mrs. Mond, to set aside two sums of 50,000l. each, free of duty, one to be payable to the Royal Society and the other to the University of Heidelberg. The will provides that the income of the 50,000l. bequeathed to the Royal Society “is to be employed in the endowment of research in natural science, more particularly, but not exclusively, in chemistry and physics, by providing rewards for new discoveries and pecuniary assistance (including scholarships) to persons pursuing scientific investigations, and in supplying apparatus and appliances for laboratories and observatories, and, so far as consistent with the Mortmain and Charitable Uses Act, 1888, or other similar provisions, in improving existing or in erecting new laboratories and observatories, and in such other manner as the Royal Society shall decide to be best calculated to promote scientific research, and also in providing, so far and in such amounts as the council of the Royal Society shall from time to time determine, for the publication and circulation of the reports and papers communicated to the said society, and for the preparation and publication of catalogues and indexes of scientific literature which the Royal Society may have undertaken or may in future undertake.” Similar conditions govern the bequest to the University of Heidelberg. Dr. Mond also left three sums, each of 20,000l., one for the authorities of the Akademie der bildenden Kunste at Munich, to be applied for the promotion of the arts of sculpture and painting; a second for providing pensions or occasional pecuniaiy assistance to aged or disabled workmen of Messrs. Brunner, Mond and Co., Ltd., or their successors, in the works at Northwich, Sandbach, and elsewhere; the third for the municipal authorities of Cassel.

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