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A ROYAL SOCIETY FOR TECHNOLOGY

Peter Collins
Notes and Records of the Royal Society of London
Vol. 64, Supplement 1: The Royal Society and Science in 20th Century, 22-23 April 2010 (20 September 2010), pp. S43-S54
Published by: Royal Society
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20753921
Page Count: 12
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Abstract

In the early 1960s the Royal Society came under increasing pressure to be seen to be fostering the applied sciences and technology. This was perceived to be a key element in improving Britain's industrial performance and international competitiveness. The Society was regarded as the body best able to raise the status of technology, just as it had raised the status of 'pure' science. The default position would be to create a separate, parallel body for technology, and a vigorous public debate from late 1963 raised this as a real possibility. This paper traces the Society's efforts through the rest of the decade to support technology with sufficient visibility and commitment to avert the creation of what might have been a rival academy. It succeeded—for a while.

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