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Distribution of Scientific Man-Power

    Naturevolume 162pages199202 (1948) | Download Citation



    From the national point of view, a proper balance must be struck between productive effort and research effort, as in any successful private business ; it is the task of management to secure that the appropriate balance is achieved, and that it is achieved Without diverting too many creative and fertile minds to the equally essential task of administration. This is the point of view from which the present organisation of scientific and industrial research in Great Britain must be considered. As Sir John Anderson rightly said in his lecture to the Society of Chemical Industry when he received the Messel Medal on July 14, Great Britain has been a pioneer among the nations in the organisation of scientific research ; but nevertheless We must have the organisation of science in the public service constantly under review. In particular, it is essential that we should consider whether, by any changes in the existing organisation or by more careful use of our limited scientific man-power, we can rectify admitted weaknesses in the development of research results, and in the supply of trained scientific men and technologists.

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