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Princeton University, 1746–1946

Nature volume 158, pages 692693 (16 November 1946) | Download Citation



PRINCETON UIVERSITY in Princeton, New Jersey,one of the five older institutions for higher in the United States, is celebrating the Shundredth anniversary of the granting of the otigmal charter from King George II of England to time college of New Jersey on October 22, 1746. In deciding, in spite of many difficulties now confronting all institutions of higher learning in America, to organise a celebration of the event, the University based its decision on the belief that, in the present critical condition of the world, a re-dedication to the ideals of freedom and of obligation to the nation and to the world which have for two centuries animated the life of the University could not be ignored. Princeton, therefore, proposed “to direct its Bicentennial Celebration to the end of applying, in consultation with scholars throughout the world, our common skills, knowledge, and wisdom to the reconsideration of the fundamental obligations of higher learning to human society, hoping thus to contribute to the advancement of the comity of all nations and to the building of a free and peaceful world”.

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