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Nature volume 140, page 420 (04 September 1937) | Download Citation

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THIS year the Academy celebrates its one hundred and twenty-fifth anniversary, and the opportunity has been taken of relating to friends and members in a special report the work accomplished during the past year. The title chosen for the report is "Discovery" (which unfortunately duplicates the name of a well-known British scientific periodical). The year was marked by the announcement of an ambitious programme which included the strengthening of the scientific work of the Academy, the inauguration of an Education Department which would correlate the work of the Academy with the public and private school system in Philadelphia, the erection of modern educational exhibits, and the re-establishment of the Department of Geology and Palseontology. For the support of the educational programme over a five-year demonstration period a sum of 374,915 dollars was required, and the response to the end of 1936 reached the fine total of 241,135 dollars. Already important steps have been taken towards the accomplishment of the programme, and we note with satisfaction that the first step was to restore the reductions which had been made during the period of stress in the salaries of the staff. We join with the Academy in lamenting the death on January 22 of its president, Mr. Effingham B. Morris, who since his election to the presidency in 1928 has been the leader and stimulus in all phases of the Academy's work for science and for the community.

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