MR. A. G. WARD has been appointed director of the newly formed British Gelatine and Glue Research Association. Mr. Ward's main interests have been in colloid science ; in particular, the relation of colloidal structure to mechanical properties. During the War he was engaged on research on the mechanical and physical properties of propellants and plastics, together with studies on nitrocellulose, for the Ministry of Supply. This work included the use of X-ray diffraction technique to follow the changes in nitrocellulose structure in cordite manufacture. In 1946 he joined the Building Research Station of the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research to set up a Rheology Section for building materials, and he has since then published several papers on the rheology of pastes as well as two books on crystals and colloids.