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Academic Assistance Council

    Naturevolume 134page804 (1934) | Download Citation

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    LOUD RUTHERFORD'S progress report of the Academic Assistance Council in a letter to the Times of November 16 is a statement in which the whole academic body of Great Britain may take legitimate pride. The Council, indeed, has not accomplished everything it would have wished; but its efforts nevertheless have effected much. Of the German scholars and men of science displaced since April 1933, Lord Rutherford says that 200 have found permanent places and 325 have been provided with temporary facilities for continuing their research outside Germany. In other words “at least two thirds of the whole number who were justified in looking to continue their scientific work have been assisted to remain in the academic world”. Emergency grants have been given when needed and are still being given to 71 scholars and men of science while they are seeking posts. This is a remarkable achievement for an undertaking which was initiated in a period in which the whole world, and more especially the two countries which might be relied upon to respond generously to such an appeal, namely, Great Britain and the United States, were in a state of economic depression without a parallel. The need for effort, however, still remains, for the funds available for meeting present commitments will be exhausted in July 1935. Further, while Lord Rutherford is in a position to state that the work of the Council has now attained a basis of international co-operation, this announcement, unfortunately, coincides with a report of the financial collapse of national committees on the Continent.

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