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    THE year 1921 marks the completion of the twentieth year of organised research conducted by the Carnegie Institution. The original aim of the Founder was to give encouragement and support to investigations or to constructive thought in any department of science, literature, or art, and it is gratifying to record the fact that at the end of this second decade, the function of research as an activit indispensable to civilisation and as a necessary prerequisite of progress, seems to have come into fuller recognition than at any previous time in history. Industrial and government agencies, as well as academic interests, have given to fundamental investigation a high place in the list of elements essential for advance. To-day one may say with confidence that no investment of funds or of personal effort can find a work of greater dignity and worth, or one which offers a future giving clearer evidence of abundant and continuing reward, than is open in the field of research.

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    Carnegie Institution of Washington1. Nature 109, 826–827 (1922).

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