File: Science in relation to Industry Committee

  • Reference
      GB 133 VCA/7/708
  • Dates of Creation
      1942-1944
  • Physical Description
      2 folders

Scope and Content

Papers relating to the deliberations of the Science in relation to Industry Committee, set up in 1943 to investigate the post-war research needs of the University's science and technology departments, and to seek increased funding for them from the University Grants Committee and local industries. The Committee was part of wider discussions within the University on post-war reconstruction. The Committee was chaired by Sir Ernest Simon, the chairman of Council, and its members included the vice-chancellor, J E Myers (Principal, College of Technology) and Professors Willis Jackson (electro-technics), Michael Polanyi (chemistry), Alexander Todd (chemistry) and F. C. Thompson (metallurgy). The Committee reported in December 1943, and its report was issued in early 1944. This led to the establishment of the Manchester Joint Research Council (VCA/7/282) a joint venture between the University and Manchester Chamber of Commerce to develop closer links between the University and industry.

The papers include background correspondence and papers from 1942-1943, including papers by Simon, Todd, Jackson, Thompson, Douglas Hartree, Patrick Blackett, on the post-war requirements of university scientific research. There are minutes of Committee meetings, and related memoranda and reports, including "Manchester's message" by the science journalist, J.G. Crowther, and reports on the post-war requirements of the chemistry and electro-technics departments.

This file was formerly contained in the papers of George Burkhardt (ref. GBNA/26). The file is clearly a file from the Vice-Chancellor's Office and so it has been reunited with this archive.

Note

This file was formerly contained in the papers of George Burkhardt (ref. GBNA/26). The file is clearly a file from the Vice-Chancellor's Office and so it has been reunited with this archive.

Related Material

See also the file on the Manchester Joint Research Council VCA/7/282.