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A. T. S. been impossible to give particulars with regard to all the 4000 classes in the numerous subjects of instruction aided by the London County Council, but mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, carpentry and
NOTES. joinery, plumbing, other building trade classes, experimental physics, chemistry, and mathematics have been birthday includes the following honours conferred upon men
Tue list of appointments on the occasion of His Majesty's selected. The total volume of instruction in these sub
of science :-Mr. W. H. M. Christie, C.B., F.R.S., has jects, taken together, shows an increase from 118,732 student-hours in 1893 to 454,363 student-hours for
been promoted to the rank of Knight Commander of the 1900-1. Since then the number of artisan students
Order of the Bath (K.C.B. Civil Division). Dr. J. W. has been increasing steadily. The increase in the Swan, F.R.S., has received the honour of Knighthood. amount of work done by the students, speaking The Hon. C. A. Parsons, F.R.S., has been appointed a generally, appears to have been even greater than the Companion of the Order of the Bath (C.B.). Mr. Francis growth in numbers. A growing proportion of the Watts, Director of Agriculture in the Island of Antigua, and students are now, it is satisfactory to find, taking analytical and agricultural chemist for the colony of the advantage of the systematic courses which have been Leeward Islands, has been made a Companion of the Order arranged, involving attendance on several evenings a
of Saint Michael and Saint George (C.M.G.). week; and it is not surprising to find the Board recording its belief that the educational value of the The council of the Royal Society has made the following work done in polytechnics, especially as regards the award of medals for this year :—The Copley medal to Sir young mechanic, has been in this way greatly William Crookes, F.R.S., for his long-continued researches increased.
in spectroscopic chemistry, on electrical and mechanical As has been frequently pointed out, it was from the first the policy of the Board to avail itself of the oppor
phenomena in highly rarefied gases, on radio-active phenotunity of aiding the supply of technical instruction
mena, and other subjects. The Rumford medal to Prof. rather than of creating a direct supply, wherever public Ernest Rutherford, F.R.S., for his researches on radioinstitutions have existed capable of responding to the activity, particularly for his discovery of the existence and Board's aid by such developments of efficient technical properties of the gaseous emanations from radio-active instruction as might be expected to meet the require-bodies. A Royal medal to Colonel David Bruce, R.A.M.C., ments of the district. It has been necessary, however, F.R.S., for his researches in the pathology of Malta fever, to provide two classes of institution, for the conduct of
nagana, and sleeping sickness, and especially for his diswhich the London County Council is wholly re
coveries as regards the exact causes of these diseases. A sponsible, viz. :
Royal medal to Prof. William Burnside, F.R.S., for his (a) Institutions which provide instruction of such a highly specialised character that it is necessary
researches in mathematics, particularly in the theory of for them to draw their students from the whole of groups. The Davy medal to Prof. William Henry Perkin, London; for it has been impossible for any institution jun., F.R.S., for his discoveries in organic chemistry. The with the ordinary sources of income to provide the
Darwin medal to Mr. William Bateson, F.R.S., for his equipment and the highly specialised teachers contribution to the theory of organic evolution by his renecessary.
searches on variation and heredity. The Sylvester medal (6) Local institutions, providing instruction of a more to Prof. Georg Cantor for his researches in the theories of ordinary character in districts in which no public in- aggregates and of sets of points of the arithmetic constitutions under a responsible governing body existed tinuum, of transfinite numbers, and Fourier's series. The which could be utilised for the Council's requirements, Hughes medal to Dr. Joseph Wilson Swan for his invention
There are many other subjects of interest included
of the electric incandescent lamp and various improvements with from time to time in these columns. It must suffee here, by way of conclusion, to mention briefly The following is a list of fellows who have been recomthe work the Board has accomplished in aiding and mended by the president and council of the Royal Society extending satisfactory instruction in science in the
for election into the council for the year 1905, at the public secondary schools of London. Seventeen chemical laboratories have been equipped in new build- anniversary meeting to be held on November 30 :-president,
Sir William Huggins, K.C.B., O.M.; treasurer, Mr. A. B. ings, generally in wings added to existing school premises, and three rooms used for class purposes have Kempe ; secretaries, Prof. J. Larmor, Sir Archibald Geikie; been converted into chemical laboratories. Four large foreign secretary, Mr. F. Darwin. Other members of the rooms have been fitted up for practical work in physics council :-Dr. Shelford Bidwell
, Mr. G. A. Boulenger, and chemistry. Sixteen physical laboratories have Colonel D. Bruce, R.A.M.C., Mr. F. W. Dyson, Prof. Percy been equipped in new buildings, and ten large class- F. Frankland, Prof. F. Gotch, Dr. E. W. Hobson, Prof.