Institute of Chemistry


    IN submitting the annual report of the Council at the sixty-second annual general meeting of the Institute of Chemistry, Sir Robert Pickard, senior vice-president, who presided, owing to the death of the president, Mr. W. A. S. Calder, early in January, said that the Institute, as the professional organization of chemists, has assisted the Government in supplying its needs in technical personnel for industries essential in war-time. The roll of the Institute continues to increase and now numbers more than 7,550, more than five times as many members as were registered in 1914. Those who could remember the position forty years ago, and recall the difficulty at that time of making any headway in the profession of chemistry, have watched the astonishing increase in the number of chemists, their growing influence, the increasing applications of science and the steady absorption of chemical talent in industry and commerce, in Government and municipal service, and in the affairs of everyday life. The profession of chemistry now stands high in the public esteem as a very essential service.

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    Institute of Chemistry. Nature 145, 382 (1940).

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