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Reference numberPB/4/7/1/2
LevelItem
Title'Scientists at the Operational Level - Notes on the Statement to Admiralty Panel on 16.9.41 on the function of an Operational Research Station'
Date1941
DescriptionThese are based on the talk given to senior staff at the Admiralty, in which Blackett explains how 'the scientist can encourage numerical thinking on operational matters, and so can help to avoid running the war by gusts of emotion'

The talk and document led to Blackett's appointment as Chief Adviser Operational Research with effect from 10 December 1941. See also A.16.

Included here is a letter agreeing to allow Blackett 'the full services of Dr Bullard as your Deputy'. The letter is dated 23 April 1942 and stipulates that Bullard should continue certain other work as 'we need somebody of Bullard's calibre to hold things together'
Access statusOpen
Administrative historyWhen the document was published by Blackett in 1962 ( 'Studies of War', pt II, chapter 1, p176, Oliver & Boyd. 1962. See D.101, D.102), Blackett gave the date as December 1941. Bernard Lovell, 'P.M.S. Blackett: A Biographical Memoir', Royal Society: 1976, p.60, n, corrects this to 31 October 1941, but it will be seen that the date was in fact 16 September 1941.
Fellows associated with this archive
CodeNameDates
NA6392Bullard; Sir; Edward Crisp (1907 - 1980); geophysicist1907 - 1980
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