One hundred years ago: Samson's riddle

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 15 February 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:j

Within the last few days two great sums of money have been given for the advancement of science. Dr Alfred Nobel, the inventor of dynamite, has left nearly £2,000,000 as a prize fund for the most important discoveries in physics, chemistry, physiology, and medicine; and the Baroness Hirsch has promised £80,000 to the Pasteur Institute. We who have just received Dr Mond's splendid gift of the Davy-Faraday Laboratory need not envy the good fortune of other nations, nor does help given to Science benefit one country, but all. The work of the Pasteur Institute goes forth over the whole world; as Dr Roux says of it, “We are perpetually carrying on a struggle against death, and we can only express our deep gratitude to all benefactors who help us to lighten the load of suffering humanity.” The prizes given by Dr Nobel are open to all the nations; and he has added yet another prize for him who has done most to promote the cause of peace. Truly, as in Samson's riddle, out of the eater has come forth meat, out of the strong has come forth sweetness.

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