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Nature volume 131, pages 498499 (08 April 1933) | Download Citation



PROF. G. G. HENDERSON, the retiring president of the Chemical Society, devoted his presidential address on March 30 to an examination of the present position and the future of the Society. Scientific societies, he said, must be ready to modify their policies in accordance with changing conditions. The work of the Chemical Society in pursuing the objects for which it was founded has increased during the past year, and the work of the Bureau of Chemical Abstracts also reflects the ever-increasing amount of investigation which is being performed in the chemical field. New decisions which will help to meet modern needs include devoting a larger number of meetings to organised discussions and summaries of recent work, offering fellowship to young chemists at half the annual subscription, selecting the papers to be read at ordinary scientific meetings, arranging that some of the endowed and special lectures shall be delivered elsewhere than in London, and appointing local representatives who will arrange lectures or discussions in collaboration with the local secretaries of other chemical organisations, and will generally promote the interests of the Society. The Council does not contemplate the establishment of local sections of the Society, since numerous local sections of the Institute of Chemistry, the Society of Chemical Industry, and of other societies are already in existence.

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