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Retirement of Sir George Adam Smith

    Naturevolume 135page1027 (1935) | Download Citation



    WHEN the autumn term begins, the Very Rev. Sir George Adam Smith will retire from the principalship of the University of Aberdeen. His long service of twenty-six years as principal exceeds that of any of his predecessors since the present University arose from the union of “The King's College“and “The Earl Marischal's College“on the passing of the first Universities Act of 1858. He has watched and guided the University during a period of notable development, when a demand for specialisation has increased the teaching staff by the addition of nine professorial chairs, three readerships, and forty-seven lectureships; and when these changes, together with an increase in the number of students from 1,007 to 1,272, have required considerable additions to the fabric of the University itself. Of equal importance for the future of education and of scientific research has been the formation of linkages binding the University as a working unit with other institutions. In the present year the former United Free Church College in Aberdeen has joined with the University, and co-operation of great promise for the development of biological investigation in the north takes place with the Rowett Institute for

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