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Food and Agriculture Organisation : Production and Research

Nature volume 159, page 632 (10 May 1947) | Download Citation



DR. G. SCOTT ROBERTSON, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture for Northern Ireland, has been seconded for a period of six months to take up the post of director of agricultural production and research under the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations. Dr. Scott Robertson went to Northern Ireland in 1922 and held the dual post of professor of agricultural chemistry in the Queen's University of Belfast and senior research officer of the Ministry of Agriculture. It was during this period that he continued the now classic work on phosphatic fertilizers which he had been conducting for several years in Essex while head of the Agricultural Chemistry Department of the East Anglian Institute of Agriculture. At the same time Dr. Scott Robertson started a series of investigations on the mineral requirements of farm livestock, paying particular attention to those of poultry. This work was carried out in close collaboration with Sir John Boyd Orr, who was then director of the Rowett Research Institute. In 1928, Dr. Scott Robertson became chief inspector of the Ministry of Agriculture for Northern Ireland, and later was appointed permanent secretary when Dr. J. S. Gordon retired. For many years Dr. Robertson has acted as assessor on the Agricultural Research Council and United Kingdom delegate to the meetings of the Imperial Agricultural Bureaux. Thus he brings to his new work many years experience in agricultural research, coupled with administrative knowledge gained as head of a department the energies of which have been devoted to the task of production at the highest possible level for more than seven years.

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