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Federation of Chemical Societies

Nature volume 131, page 499 (08 April 1933) | Download Citation



PROF. HENDERSON also referred to the new format of the Journal of the Society, and remarked: “I trust that the combined effort of the Chemical Society and the Faraday Society to produce a joint publication, which is destined to be the representative journal of British physical chemistry, will be brought to a successful issue, and that the new journal will appear next year”. New conditions have created new wants, and he feels that new methods with respect to administration, to the representation of fellows in the Council, to the production and distribution of publications, and to the association of the Society with other chemical organisations must be adopted. Federation or union of at least all the principal organisations concerned with chemistry, said Prof. Henderson, is a project which is making an appeal to an increasing number of members of the profession. Prof. Henderson referred to an article on the subject in NATURE of September 24, 1932, and quoted the conclusions, saying that they well summarise the facts which compel attention to this matter. “So long as the Society remains, as now, an independent organisation,” he said, “I cannot see how a larger income is to be obtained … and every method of reducing expenditure which can be adopted under existing conditions has been closely investigated. The same statement applies generally to the Society of Chemical Industry, the Biochemical Society, the Faraday Society, and other societies more directly interested in various branches of applied chemistry, which publish journals or abstracts or both. Consequently one is forced to the conclusion that some form of federation of these societies is not only desirable, but sooner or later inevitable. Moreover in my opinion such a federation would be incomplete and lacking in influence unless the professional organisations were also included as members.”

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