A SEVERE blow has been dealt to the progress of science in India through the death at the age of fifty-three years of Mrs. Albert Howard, which took place at Geneva on Aug. 18 last. Miss G. L. C. Matthaei entered Newnham College, Cambridge, in 1895 and secured the double distinction of a first class in both parts of the Natural Science Tripos. Thereafter she continued to reside at Cambridge, being elected a fellow, and later an associate, of her College. She was fortunate at that time in coming under the powerful influences of Miss Ida Freund and Dr. F. F. Blackman. Her work in association with the latter developed in her a capacity for patient pursuit of the elusive in research which was so marked a characteristic of her work to the last. That early work is to be found in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, and has found a permanent niche in the literature on vegetable assimilation.