Science and Administration in East Africa


    THE members of the East African Parliamentary Commission who returned to England on December 23, have not only a remarkable itinerary to record even in these days of rapid travel, but also, according to reports received from the five territories which formed the subject of their inquiries, a notable performance of work under peculiarly trying conditions. Moreover, their visit has been of special significance to scientific workers. Major Church, whose warm advocacy in Parliament of the claims of science to the greater support of the country and his exposition of the function of science in economic development led to his being charged with the responsibility of reporting on the scientific and medical services, and Mr. Ormsby-Gore, Chairman of the Commission and again Undersecretary of State for the Colonies, have both given abundant proof in their public utterances of their appreciation of the scientific aspect of the problems of East Africa; their realisation of the imperative need for the augmentation of staffs of existing scientific departments; for the re-establishment of scientific institutions which have been either abolished or neglected; and for the provision of funds for a campaign against the greatest scourge in equatorial Africa, the tsetse fly.

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    Science and Administration in East Africa. Nature 115, 37–38 (1925) doi:10.1038/115037a0

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