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Development of Colonial Territories

Nature volume 159, pages 585587 (03 May 1947) | Download Citation



THE many-sidedness and complexity of research in the overseas territories of Great Britain are well illustrated in the five annual reports recently published under the title “Colonial Research”, a digest of which appears on p. 614 of this issue ; but fears that such research is over-organised or centralized excessively should be dispelled by the whole tenor of these reports. In the report of the Colonial Research Committee, in particular, it is observed that it, and the specialist committees in their particular fields, are not to be regarded as the sole fount and origin of all projects of research, and that it would be unfortunate if their mere existence were in any way to inhibit initiative on the part of other agencies or individuals who may have in mind projects of potential interest or value. On the contrary, the Committee would cordially welcome proposals from, any source, and will be glad to consider recommending financial assistance toward their execution. As the Colonial Research Committee rightly points out, the scientific needs of the Colonies are too wide and too complex to be made the preserve of any single organisation of committees, and initiative and interest in these fields cannot be too widespread.

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