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Nature volume 131, pages 570573 (22 April 1933) | Download Citation



THE seventeenth annual report of the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research covering the period August 1, 1931—July 31, 1932, appears appropriately as if to punctuate the tributes to the importance of research in our national life which have recently been paid by high authorities in finance. A more impressive picture of the manifold ways in which scientific research is daily applied not merely to the solution of our industrial problems but also to the service of the innumerable needs of a civilised community than is contained in the annual reports of this Department it is difficult to imagine. The present report, including the brief report of the Privy Council, signed by the Right Hon. Stanley Baldwin, and the longer report of the Advisory Council, over Lord Rutherford's signature, is no exception to the rule. Lucid as are these reports and the summaries of the work carried out by the National Physical Laboratory, the Chemical Research Laboratory, the research associations, and under the direction of some forty-five research boards and committees, a popular exposition of the matter contained in them should be invaluable propaganda and assist the ordinary citizen to appreciate the magnitude of the contribution thus made to the necessities and luxuries of his daily life—food and clothing, air and water supply, transport and housing, business and pleasure. Appendices to the report deal with finance, publications and the personnel of the various boards and committees.

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