THE appointment of Mr. H. T. Tizard as successor to Sir Frank Heath as Secretary of the Committee of the Privy Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, which has recently been announced, will be welcomed by many. He is a scientific worker whose work on internal combustion engines has brought him well-earned distinction; he has had considerable experience as an aviator, having been for a long time in command of the test squadron at Martlesham Heath; and it is obvious that he has proved his capacity as an administrator during the years he has been on the headquarters staff of the Department of which he is now to become the administrative head. His appointment is a further challenge to the belief cherished in certain circles that a man who has achieved distinction in a specialised field in science must necessarily become narrow in outlook and less fitted to undertake the duties and responsibilities of administering a department of State than one who has achieved distinction in classical, historical, or literary studies. Those scientific workers who believe that a scientific training and outlook are indispensable qualifications for the task of administration in the modern State will find Mr. Tizard's appointment peculiarly gratifying.
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[News and Views]. Nature 119, 610–613 (1927). https://doi.org/10.1038/119610a0