Science and Industry in South Africa1


    OUR Government, I am afraid, has not always fully realised in the past the powerful aid of science and scientific research in general and industrial development. It has been following too much the lead of Great Britain, and has been perhaps too much inclined to regard the scientific departments of the Government as not of primary importance, since they are not immediately productive in the commercial sense. The totally inadequate salaries paid to the personnel of Government scientific departments is perhaps an indication of the place which their work has occupied in the general plan of the nation. Only recently a protest was made in connection with an advertisement for a mycoiogist -who had to be a university graduate-at the princely remuneration of 180L per annum. Science may be its own reward, but even the poor man of science must live.

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    Science and Industry in South Africa1. Nature 100, 76–79 (1917).

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