|Description||Correspondence relating to the Royal Society's award from the Darwin Research Fund. £50 towards the salary of a technical assistant undertaking the cytological study of the species of the genus Ericaceae, under the direction of Arthur W. Hill. Mr G.T. Roche was replaced by Harold Garnet Callan as a result of the conscription of Roche.|
Correspondents include Arthur W Hill, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; Dr Archibald Vivian Hill, Secretary to the Royal Society and Chairman of the Biological Committee; Sir Daniel Hall, Director of John Innes Horticultural Institution; Edwin John Butler; Professor John Gray; Professor William George Fearnsides; Dr Carl Frederick Abel Pantin; William Whitehead Watts; Albert Charles Seward; Cyril Dean Darlington, Director of John Innes Horticultural Institution; J.D. Griffiths Davies, Assistant Secretary to the Royal Society.
Includes discussion of: whether Sir Daniel Hall can suggest a young man at John Innes Horticultural Institution, possibly their technical assistant Roche, to undertake cytological investigation of some of the Ericaceae; Hall's application for funds from the Royal Society to allow Roche to undertake the proposed research alongside his seasonal work on the development of pollen tubes in pears; the need for investigation of careful cytological examination of certain genera of the Ericaceae and inter-relationships of the many species of Gaultheria and Pernettya, occuring in New Zealand, 20 June 1939; a letter of support from E.J. Butler for the application, including reference to the consideration of an application to the Agricultural Research Council and the possibility of funds coming from the Darwin Research Fund as it is too late for a Government Grant application; a possible grant to the Tishay Biological Research Intitute on Lake Baleton, with opinions from members of the Biological Committee, including Butler referring to the situation in Europe, and suggesting an annual grant subject to satisfactory conditions and a suitable candidate, Gray's view that it should be recommended to the British Council, Pantin's indecision and views on the political and scientific motives; Gray's views on Roche's salary, with the amount being dependent on his skill level and whether he has other sources of income; the Council's granting of £50 towards Roche's salary, 11 July 1939; the transfer of the grant from G.T. Roche, who was called up for military service, to H.G. Callan.
Also contains the opinions of the Biological Committee of the Royal Society, Butler, Fearnsides, Pantin, Watts and Gray, in favour of the application; Report of work on the Ericaceae, 1939-1940. 3 August 1940.