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Russian Scientific Workers in Foreign Laboratories

Nature volume 127, page 384 (07 March 1931) | Download Citation



NEVER before in the history of science has there been a case when hundreds of scientific workers have been exiled wholesale from their country, or have left it because they have found it impossible to continue scientific work there. This is what happened in Russia after the Bolshevist revolution took place about ten years ago; scientific workers, with others, either had to submit to the new régime, with its somewhat unusual views on the subject of the freedom of scientific thought, or to try to seek their fortunes elsewhere. There are no statistics to tell us of the many who left their life's work and their homes behind them, only to fail in their hazardous attempts and to go down in the struggle for existence; but it is of great interest to learn that a large number of them succeeded in finding suitable occupation in various countries and have been able to continue their studies. A good idea of their work can be obtained from the bibliography of books and papers published by Russian scientific workers abroad during the period 1920–1930, issued recently by the Russian Scientific Institute founded in Belgrade with the active support of the Jugoslavian government.*

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