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Nature volume 159, page 685 (17 May 1947) | Download Citation



THE report of the Council of the Linen Industry Research Association (from the Association, Lisburn, Northern Ireland) for the year ended September 30, 1946, records that the whole of the linen industry and trade in Northern Ireland are now members of the Association, which has thus become fully representative on a purely voluntary basis. The rate of subscription paid by each individual member has also substantially increased, and the Association has qualified for the maximum possible grants from the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research and the Government of Northern Ireland. Some additions have already been made to the staff, but in building up a strong, well-qualified body of workers, the Association is in competition with- other demands for the limited number of new science graduates available. A good proportion of the Association's staff is trained by the Association, and during the year the value of the Association's scholarship open to first-class honours graduates in science of the Queen's University, Belfast, was considerably increased. Plans have been considered for a new technological building, but this is not expected to be completed for some time.

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