Fundamental Research


    EQUALLY significant is the change that has taken place in the importance attached to research. Distinguishing between industrial or directed research and long-range investigations, Dr. Dunn, while stressing the value of the results obtained from the former which must always be carried on, stressed the value to industry of discoveries made in the first instance by men who are simply under the urge of inquiry into the working of Nature and have no industrial end in view. After citing a number of examples of important industrial developments based on such research, Dr. Dunn urged the encouragement of such fundamental investigations by competent staff both within industry and without, and pleaded for more determined effort to make known the scientific investigations which have made possible the sensational modern achievements in aviation, etc. When there is more wide-spread public appreciation of basic scientific work it will be easier to secure national support and recognition for chemical trading and research on a scale commensurate with their value to the nation.

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    Fundamental Research. Nature 134, 92 (1934).

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