DR. C. H. DESCH retired from the post of superintendent of the Department of Metallurgy and Metallurgical Chemistry, National Physical Laboratory, on December 31 last, having attained the normal age limit. Dr. Desch will be succeeded by Dr. C. Sykes, of the Metropolitan-Vickers Research Laboratories, who will take up his duties at Teddington on March 1.

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    Announcements. Nature 145, 101 (1940).

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