DR. NORMAN P. ALLEN, who has been appointed superintendent of the Department of Metallurgy at the National Physical Laboratory in succession to Dr. C. Sykes, studied metallurgy in the University of Sheffield under Prof. C. H. Desch, graduating B.Met. in 1923 and M.Met. in the following year. He collaborated in research on the die-casting of alloys of low melting point for the Non-Ferrous Metals Research Association, at first in Sheffield and later at University College, Swansea. In 1928 he was appointed to a lectureship in metallurgy in the University of Birmingham, where he obtained the degree of D.Sc. Since 1935 he has been on the staff of the research laboratories of the Mond Nickel Co., Ltd.