THE Albert Medal of the Royal Society of Arts for 1939 has heen awarded to Sir Thomas H. Holland, “for his services to the mineral industries”. Sir Thomas Holland is principal and vice-chancellor of the University of Edinburgh, and in the course of a long and distinguished career has rendered eminent services to industry and industrial research, both at home and in the Empire. Outstanding among the results of his overseas activities is his close connexion with the development of Indian industry, which to-day is based upon the recommendations of the Indian Industrial Commission over which he presided in 1916. He has held many high appointments in institutions connected with science, geology, mining, metallurgy and petroleum, and was chairman of the Council of the Royal Society of Arts during 1925-27. The Albert Medal was instituted in 1862 as a memorial of H.R.H. the Prince Consort, for eighteen years president of the Society, and is awarded annually for “distinguished merit in promoting Arts, Manufactures or Commerce”.