Universities and scientific life in the United States

Paperback | January 31, 2012

byMaurice Caullery

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1922. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XVII THE FEDERAL INSTITUTIONS Scientific Research At Washington The Smithsonian Institution. The Federal Scientific Establishments: The scientific bureaus of the various ministries (agriculture, commerce, interior). The Geological Survey. Plans for the establishment of a national university at Washington. The Smithsonian Institution fTHIS institution,1 established in Washington, is the.-oldest of the great foundations of research in the United States. James Smithson, an Englishman, a member of the Royal Society of London, a friend of Cavendish and Arago died at Genoa in 1829, bequeathing his fortune, in the absence of descendants of certain relatives, to the government of the United States and charging it with the organization of an institution bearing the name of Smithson, "for the increase and diffusion of Knowledge among men." It seems that he got the plan from a phrase in the political testament of Washington, where the great man urges upon his fellowcountrymen the same plan in the same terms. It appears also that he desired to perpetuate his name, in compensation for the disappointments he had undergone because of the irregularity of his birth.8 1 For its history, see The Smithsonian Institution--The History of its first half-century, ed. by G. B. Goode, Washington, 1897, 4, 856 pp. 2 "The best English blood flows in my veins" he writes; "through my father, I am a Northumberland; and I have royal blood from my mother. But this is of no account to me. My name will live in the memory of men when the titles of the Northumberlands and the Percys will have been extinguished and forgotten." Quoted from The Smithsonian InstiMion, p. 2. It cannot be denied that the terms of the donation lack precision, and as a consequence, the orientation of the Ins...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1922. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XVII THE FEDERAL INSTITUTIONS Scientific Research At Washington The Smithsonian Institution. The Federal Scientific Es...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:72 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.15 inPublished:January 31, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217141471

ISBN - 13:9780217141475

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