THE U.S.S.R. Academy of Sciences has marked the sixtieth birthday of M. Joseph Stalin by electing him an honorary member of the Academy, nominally in recognition of his contributions to the development of the social theories of Marx and Lenin. It should be noted that even the ordinary membership of the Academy is restricted to a limited number of men of science of outstanding repute, while there are very few honorary members, all of them hitherto being scientific men of international fame.

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    Announcements. Nature 145, 24 (1940).

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