Mr. J. H. Reynolds


ME. JOHN HENRY REYNOLDS, whose death occurred on July 17 at tne advanced age of eighty-five years, may be truly described as one of the great pioneers of technical education in Great Britain. Though his work was wrought chiefly in Manchester, his influence was felt throughout the whole of the United Kingdom, and even beyond the seas, and it is not too much to say that he is to be numbered among those to whose early vision and service we are indebted to-day for the great development in the teaching of technology and applied science during the past forty or fifty years. Mr. Reynolds' work began in days when the need for technical education had not been realised, save by an enlightened few, and he steadily set himself to the task of awakening interest in what he knew to be a thing of vital import to the industries of Great Britain—the provision of the highest instruction and training in science and technology for the equipment of those who are to guide and direct and, by the use of special knowledge, develop industrial work. He was in the highest sense an idealist, and in his early outlook visualised a national system of education which would afford a means of consecutive training from the elementary school to the highest work of the university for students of proved ability and application, however humble their circumstances. That he lived to see the fulfilment in large measure of his ambitions was due, in part at least, to his own strenuous endeavours and clear vision.

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BINKS, J. Mr. J. H. Reynolds. Nature 120, 234 (1927).

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