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The Bessemer Memorial Gift to the Royal School of Mines

Nature volume 88, pages 453454 (01 February 1912) | Download Citation



ON June 29, 1903, on the very day that Lord Rose-bery promulgated the scheme for the establishment of an Imperial College in London, a meeting was held at the Mansion House, under the chairmanship of the then Lord Mayor, Sir Marcus Samuel, for the purpose of devising a scheme “to perpetuate the memory of probably one of the greatest men who ever lived”—Sir Henry Bessemer. It was abundantly evident from the speeches delivered on that occasion by the Duke of Norfolk, Lord Haldane, and Sir John Wolfe Barry, that a very serious attempt was being made to establish in the metropolis of the Empire an institution having for its main object the organisation of scientific. education with reference to national and imperial industries. Lord Haldane frankly admitted that “it was clear that in our industrial methods we were, in some respects, behind other nations. We possessed magnificent energy, we had a splendid record; but in the application of science to industry we had not hitherto developed anything comparable to those great institutions for technical training in the higher sense, such as exist elsewhere.”

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