BIRMINGHAM.—We recently announced in this column the appointment of Mr. K. N. Moss as professor of coaland metal-mining. This appointment has now been followed by the creation of a chair of petroleum mining, to which Mr. R. R. Thompson has been elected. Prof. Thompson was on the staff of the mining department of the University during the session 1911–12, since when he has had experience of oil-mining in Persia, Burma, and elsewhere. He has recently been Director of Lands and Mines in Trinidad, a post which he relinquished to come to Birmingham. Sir John Cadman continues to act as honorary adviser to the mining department, and with Dr. Haldane as director of Coal-mining Research, the University takes a very high place as a centre of instruction in mining in the British Empire.