Association of Scientific Workers: New Branch


    THE recently formed Glasgow branch of the Association of Scientific Workers held its inaugural meeting in the Royal Technical College, Glasgow, on March 6. The proceedings opened with a display of films portraying the history of the vitamins and developments in the use of the cathode ray oscillograph. Dr. J. D. Sutherland, chairman of the branch, referred briefly to the aims and work of the Association and then called upon Prof. W. F. K. Wynne-Jones to deliver the inaugural address. Prof. Wynne-Jones led up to the general question of the organization of science and scientific workers by considering the planning of research. He said he is strongly opposed to the view that research should not be organized, and expressed the opinion that valuable results will only be obtained from an investigation if it is carefully planned beforehand. He contended that scientific research arises fundamentally from the needs of society, and illustrated his point with several very pertinent examples from the history of science. In furtherance of his argument for increased organization among scientific workers, Prof. Wynne-Jones spoke of the poor financial support received by research in Great Britain and of the muddles that had arisen at the outset of the War because men of science had not been called upon to organize services which belonged essentially to their province. Science can and must be organized, and to this end scientific workers must develop a corporate sense.

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    Association of Scientific Workers: New Branch. Nature 145, 417 (1940).

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