The siting of Government technological establishments within and the setting up of an Atlantic College of Science and Technology were two suggestions recently made by Sir John Cockcroft.
So, 58 years ago, started a story in Electronics Weekly’s edition of November 2nd 1960.
The story continues:
The Atlantic Institute should be founded by drawing on the whole resources of Europe. Britain should take the lead. The Institute would become a new technological university “as powerful or more powerful than the Massachusetts Institute of Technology”.
Sir John Cockcroft said that this country has the advantage of a good supply of first-class young scientists coming through the universities. However, science in the universities still requires greater nourishment, in particular through the use of national assets which no university can afford to acquire, such as big reactors and powerful computers. We are going through a “golden age of science” in which the pace of discovery is accelerating.
“If we take a look at our current contribution to science and technology, we find that although we are inevitably left far behind by the Americans and the Russians in their multi-million dollar or rouble space projects, we are still holding our own in most basic fields of science,” Sir John continued.
Sir John was speaking at the opening of the new physics build-ing of the Imperial College of Science and Technology in Lon don. The Government has chosen Imperial College as the spearhead of its attack on the shortage of scientists and technologists. There were 1,500 students at the College in 1953, and by 1962 this number is expected to increase to 3,500.