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Henry Edward Armstrong Memorial Fund

Nature volume 143, page 550 (01 April 1939) | Download Citation



IT is proposed to establish a Trust Fund to the memory of the late Prof. Henry E. Armstrong. At the Finsbury Technical College, and later at the Central College, South Kensington, Armstrong and his co-workers, Ayrton and Perry, tried out and established the principles of technical education in Great Britain, and thus encouraged the foundation of polytechnics and technical colleges throughout the realm. Friends, old colleaguesand past students have decided to establish a Trust Fund to perpetuate the memory of his dynamic personality. The aim, financially, is a modest one, so that all, including those who met him in other walks of life, may feel that they are contributing an integral part to the memorial whatever the dimensions of their individual contribution. The hope is for a memorial fund totalling about £3,000. This will provide a guarantee fund to give, as it accumulates, sufficient to ensure the publication (or to give substantial financial assistance in the publication or preparation) of any original works, within the ambit of Prof. Armstrong's recognized interests, that would not otherwise see the light of day. It will also be within the terms of the Trust to arrange for suitable public lectures by the authors of the works. An additional detail of the plan is that the publication itself will carry as frontispiece a portrait of Prof. Armstrong, a biographical note and a reference to the foundation and objects of the Trust. Furthermore, the fund will provide for a memorial plaque, or bust, for the City and Guilds College, South Kensington, and perhaps replicas elsewhere. The administration of the fund, it is proposed, shall be undertaken by six persons, one each from the Council of the Royal Institution of Great Britain; the Royal Society; the City and Guilds of London's Institute; the Royal Society of Arts: one additional member whom the above representatives may appoint and the author of the most recent work published under the Trust. Subscriptions should be sent to the Hon. Treasurer, Sir Alfred Chatterton, The Coppice, Beckenham, Kent.

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