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Nature volume 150, pages 6567 (18 July 1942) | Download Citation



Strategy FROM the outbreak of war in 1939-and indeed for a long time previously-it was obvious that the knowledge possessed by scientific men and engineers would be of decisive importance in the coming struggle. Means had to be found of making this knowledge available, and to this end the Central Register was formed. As is well known, the Register is intended to be a complete and up-to-date record, of the qualifications, experience and present employment of scientific and professional men throughout the country. There have been criticisms of the extent to which it has been used, but nevertheless it must be recognized, from the figures that have been published from time to time, that it has served a valuable purpose in filling numerous posts where the special knowledge or aptitude of scientific men has been of direct service in the war effort.

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