Reference numberNLB/1/495
Alternative reference numberNLB/1 p348-351
TitleCopy letter from Michael Foster, to Ellis Lever
Date8 July 1887
DescriptionLever's letter of the 7 June 1887 to the President of the Royal Society has been laid before the Council and both the President and Council fully appreciate the humane motives leading to Lever's generous offer.

It has not however been the Society's practice to offer or adjudicate prizes placed in their hands by private munificence. Though the President and Council consented to nominate a representative to serve on the Committee for adjudicating the former prize offered by Lever, they are unwilling to make any further precedent.

Foster explains why he doubts the stimulus of a prize is necessary or desirable for the production of an adequate safety lamp, and why the Society considers it best to leave the matter to the operation of commercial competition.
Access statusOpen
Fellows associated with this archive
NA8220Foster; Sir; Michael (1836 - 1907); physiologist1836 - 1907
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