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Business in Britain in the Twentieth CenturyDecline and Renaissance?$
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Richard Coopey and Peter Lyth

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199226009

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199226009.001.0001

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Industrial Research and the Employment of Scientists in British Industry before the 1970s

Industrial Research and the Employment of Scientists in British Industry before the 1970s

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(p.252) Chapter 13 Industrial Research and the Employment of Scientists in British Industry before the 1970s
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Business in Britain in the Twentieth Century
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Sally Horrocks

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199226009.003.0014

This chapter reappraises chronologically the history of industrial research and the application of science in British industry before the 1970s. It argues that this history demonstrates not only an extensive enthusiasm for the integration of science, technology, and industry among British business leaders that started during the 19th century and persisted for much of the 20th century, but also the extensive translation of this enthusiasm into action. This perspective allows us to develop a better understanding of the role of scientific expertise and R&D in British business history than a narrative that is dominated by discussions of relative economic decline.

Keywords:   Britain, British industry, R&D, economic decliine, scientific enterprise

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