Silver Jubilee of the Indian Chemical Society

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    THE Journal of the Indian Chemical Society is now so well known that many will perhaps be surprised to learn that the Society is only twenty-five years old. The silver jubilee was celebrated at the annual meeting held in Allahabad on January 3 last, when messages of congratulations were received from sister societies in other countries, fittingly headed by one from the oldest Chemical Society, that of London, which recently celebrated its centenary. As was natural, many tributes were paid to the first president, the late Sir Prafulla Chandra Ray, to whom more than to anyone else must be given the credit for the development of chemical research in India. Some account of India's contributions to chemical science is given in a jubilee publication which contains photographs of the past presidents and honorary fellows. In the course of his address, the president, Prof. P. Ray, wisely laid particular emphasis on the importance of fundamental scientific research and to the lack of inspiring teachers and investigators in the schools and universities. According to Prof. Ray, the situation in this respect has recently become worse owing to the departure of many university teachers to take up administrative posts in Government departments. This is a danger present not only in India. Prior, to delivering his address, the president announced the election of five honorary fellows, among whom we were glad to note the name of Sir Robert Robinson. We feel sure that, when the Society celebrates its golden jubilee, its fellows will look back withr pride and thankfulness to those who served it during its first twenty-five years.

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    Silver Jubilee of the Indian Chemical Society. Nature 163, 715 (1949) doi:10.1038/163715a0

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