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Research and the Smaller Firm in Britain

Nature volume 158, pages 638639 (02 November 1946) | Download Citation



A CONFERENCE arranged by the Manchester Joint Research Council on “Research and the at the Albert Hall, Manchester, on, at which Dr. P. Dunsheath and Sir Ecvat Appleton presided over the morning and afternoon sessions, respectively, was remarkable for a disinclination, as revealed in the discussion following the papers, to rely on large research organisations either of the type of the Mellon Institute or the Battelle Institute, on the ground that it is better for individual officers of small concerns to make themselves responsible for research. Opposition to institutions such as the Mellon Institute with its system of industrial fellowships sponsored by individual firms was brought to a focus in Dr. F. C. Toy's address at the afternoon session on "Existing and Potential Facilities for Research”. In so far as the Mellon Institute is largely supported by the large firms, the soundness of the conception and the general confidence in the foundation can scarcely be questioned; nevertheless, Dr. Toy's paper indicated concern as to the future of the research association in Great Britain and its ability to win the confidence of the industry it served.

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