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Non-Ferrous Metals Research

Nature volume 130, page 431 (17 September 1932) | Download Citation



THE twelfth Annual Report of the British Non-Ferrous Metals Research Association shows that in spite of the industrial depression, progress has been well maintained. With a Government grant of £8000, the total income has been brought up to more than £25,000, proving that the industry has found the work of the Association of increasing value. In June 1931 the new headquarters in Euston Street, London, N.W.I, were opened, and visitors have been able to see how well the limited space available has been utilised for experimental work, and for the equally important work of collecting information and making it accessible to members. A study of the methods of the Association in this field would provide lessons for other research organisations, especially for such as have to make their results intelligible and serviceable to manufacturers, many of whom may have no adequate scientific staff to interpret the conclusions of the research workers. The subjects under investigation include many which are of interest to workers in pure science as well as to industrialists, and the results of these are usually communicated to a scientific society after they have been circulated to members. Whilst several of the investigations are now carried on at headquarters with the help of the equipment recently installed there, much research of importance is also in progress for the Association at the National Physical Laboratory, the Research Department at Woolwich, the University of Birmingham, and elsewhere.

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