Scientific Research and Commercial Progress


    LOUD BLEDISLOE, in an address entitled “Some Reflections on the Economic Crisis” which he delivered to the Auckland Chamber of Commerce on May 31. 1934, said that whatever may be the ultimate remedies for the world's economic dejfression, no nation can anticipate assured participation in economic recovery unless it puts its own house in order by a policy of strenuous and persistent progress, an enlightened realisation of what is true economy, and an equitable and far-sighted assessment of the relative contribution to national wealth and popular well-being of all productive activities. First among the indispensable factors conducive to national prosperity are unflagging support of scientific research as applied to industrial production, distribution and transport, and systematic machinery for carrying ascertained knowledge, derived from such research and from the experience of successful enterprise, on to every farm and into every factory, mine, warehouse, shop and seaport throughout the country. Technical training has become more than ever essential to industrial success. A foreman or works manager will need in the future to know enough of science to appreciate intelligently, and be prepared to apply usefully, the work of the laboratory; and if he is to enjoy the sympathetic support of his employers, they too must have minds attuned to and biased in favour of scientific knowledge. Further, they must be prepared not only to encourage its prudent applications within their industrial ambit but also to make the voice of science more clamant in the councils of the nations.

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    Scientific Research and Commercial Progress. Nature 134, 92–93 (1934).

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