Reference numberMDA/A/20/6
TitleCopy letter from [Alfred Egerton] to H L Penfold
Date16 May 1946
DescriptionProposals for Universal System of Weights and Measuers 'do not offer a prospect of general acceptance.' Lists criticisms such as: vast numbers of manufactured goods and nearly all existing data would need standardization; no adequate reason given for magnitude of change; discrepancies in definitions of units in memorandum; frequent use of fahrenheit in definitions, making it hard for those using centigrade; problems for the sporting world, including in the Olympic Games, which uses metres. Penfold's proposals have not been submitted to the Council of the Royal Society and the Society is not responsible for the above opinions.
FormatTypescript copy
Access statusOpen
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