IT is announced by Science Service, Washington, D.C., that Dr. Lyman J. Briggs has been appointed director of the U.S. Bureau of Standards, in succession to Dr. G. K. Burgess, who died on July 2, 1932. Dr. Briggs has been chief of the Division of Mechanics and Sound of the Bureau since 1920. He has carried out much research on aerodynamics, gyroscopic stabilisation and properties of liquids. He is the co-inventor, with Dr. Paul R. Heyl (also of the Bureau of Standards), of the earth inductor compass that is now widely used in aircraft. For this invention, Drs. Briggs and Heyl shared the Magellan fund and medal, awarded by the American Philosophical Society for “the best discovery or most useful invention relating to navigation, astronomy, or natural philosophy”.