Royal Society president slams arms trade

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 09 December 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1522

Sir Michael Atiyah, retiring president of the Royal Society and one of Britain's most distinguished mathematicians, said last week that Britain's determination to be a nuclear power had contributed to its decline. He also condemned Britain's use of scientific skills to build and export conventional arms.

The Royal Society is Britain's most prestigious scientific organisation, and Sir Michael's comments were prompted by his anxiety that the scientific community is in danger of losing its identify in the “semipolitical world” within …

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