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Ceremonial Banquets

Nature volume 114, page 12 (05 July 1924) | Download Citation



I HAVE recently received an invitation to forward a cheque for two guineas, as a fee for attending the banquet in connexion with the Kelvin Centenary. It is difficult to understand why the memory of a man of simple habits should call for such a sumptuous repast, or why scientific workers of frugal habits should be excluded from such a celebration. In view of the growing tendency to limit functions such as these to men of means rather than to men of science, it is surely time to make a protest against the methods of organisation which lead to so undesirable a result.

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