THE Committee of the Privy Council for the Organization and Development of Agricultural Research, after consultation with the members of the Agricultural Research Council and the president of the Royal Society, has appointed Sir Thomas H. Middleton to be chairman of the Agricultural Research Council as from July 1. On that date the Right Hon. Lord Richard Cavendish, who has been chairman of the Council since its inception in June 1931, retires from membership of the Council. Sir Thomas Middleton, who is vice-chairman of the Development Commission, an office which he has held since 1929, has been a member of the Agricultural Research Council since its establishment. He is chairman of one Standing Committee of the Council on Soils and Plant Nutrition and of the Committee on the Estimates of Research Institutions. Sir Thomas has been successively professor of agriculture in Baroda College, India, lecturer in agriculture in the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, professor of agriculture in Durham College of Science, and professor of agriculture at Cambridge. In 1906 he joined the staff of the Board of Agriculture and Fisheries as assistant secretary, and in 1917–19 was deputy director-general of the Food Production Department. He was a member of the Royal Commission on Agriculture in India, which sat in 1926–28. He was the first recipient of the Gold Medal of the Royal Agricultural Society of England, awarded for services to agriculture.