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The Ramsay Memorial in Westminster Abbey

Nature volume 110, page 636 (11 November 1922) | Download Citation



IT is a somewhat inhuman trait among British men of science, and in particular among chemists, that they have not sufficiently secured public honour for their fathers who spiritually begat them. Boyle's;s resting-place is unknown, and there is no express memorial to him in the Royal Society, of which he was the greatest founder and to the chief of his chemical successors, however well remembered in the records of their science, tangible monuments for the most part exist only where purely local pride has preserved or erected them. The ceremony of November 3, therefore, when a medallion tablet in memory of Sir William Ramsay was unveiled inWestminster Abbey, was a most welcome manifestation of a world-wide tribute.

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