Excerpt from The Journal of the Iron and Steel Institute, 1886
While it is not my intention to pass in review all the various papers to be read at the present meeting, yet I think it may be convenient to you that I should mention some of them. There is a paper on the Composition of Cast Iron, by Mr. Thomas Turner, which is an answer to the general invitation in my Address of last year to chemists, having the opportunity of investigating interest ing questions affecting iron and steel, to communicate their results to the Institute. I refer to it solely to Show how the circulation of questions by means of our published Transactions may, like the scattering of seed, bring forth good fruit. Mr. Turner is a young man connected with the Mason College of Science in Birmingham, who has evinced a strong predilection for iron and steel as subjects for Sxperimental investigation. He has previously published some excellent papers on these subjects. Having, Since the meeting of the Institute at Glasgow last autumn, had the pleasure of making his personal acquaintance, I have done my best to encourage him to follow this line of inquiry which promises so rich a harvest.
When I had the honour of first addressing the Institute, I ven tured to suggest that it might be desirable to propose for solution Specific problems relating to iron and steel, as there are many young men scattered throughout the kingdom who are well qualified to deal with such problems; and I know, from my own experience, that it is not always easy for a young man to make a judicious selection of subjects for research. After much reﬂection, I venture to Say, that in my humble opinion the course suggested is, at least, worthy Of the serious consideration of the Institute. It must be under stood that I alone em responsible for that suggestion. Moreover, I think it might also be desirable to confer a medal or other reward on the author of a paper who may have conclusively solved a pro blem emanating from the Institute, especially if its solution has required long-continued labour and been attended with consider able expense.
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