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Scientific Men as Administrators

Nature volume 128, pages 237239 (15 August 1931) | Download Citation



FREQUENT reference has been made in these columns to the relative positions of administrative officers and of scientific and technical officers in the service of the State. As we remarked when discussing the report of the Royal Commission on the Civil Service (Nature, Aug. 8), proficiency in science whether pure or applied is regarded almost as a disqualification for a high administrative post, the suggestion being that knowledge of a particular branch of science makes a man biased in favour of that branch. The corollary of this proposition is that the best administrator is one who has no scientific knowledge at all, even though every day he has before him problems which can only be understood and solved with the aid of science.

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