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The Right Hon. Lord Rutherford of Nelson, O.M., F.R.S

Naturevolume 140page754 (1937) | Download Citation



LORD RUTHERFORD'S death is a calamity for the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research. In the seven years during which he has been chairman of the Advisory Council, his influence has made itself felt throughout the Department. His broad sympathies, lively imagination, and deep insight equipped him in a wholly exceptional way to direct and strengthen the links between the Department and industry. It was an article of faith with him that the future of Great Britain depends upon the effective use of science by industry. It was this faith which induced him, a man of the highest attainment in the field of pure scientific research, to devote himself, as he did unreservedly, to our work. The development of the research association movement, now taking place, owes much to his foresight, sympathy and advocacy. Equally stimulating was his influence on the scientific work of the Department. In our counsels he leaves a blank which cannot be filled ; and the loss of his unsparing service, his genial personality, and his warmhearted encouragement, may well fill the stoutest heart with dismay.


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