Scientists as entrepreneurs: Arthur Tyndall and the rise of Bristol physics

Annals of Science 41 (4):335-357 (1984)
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This paper describes how the physics department of the University of Bristol grew from relative provincial obscurity to international stature. Emphasis is placed on the role of Arthur Tyndall, who as head of the department played a crucial role by attracting external funding to provide for and maintain modern laboratory facilities, through his skill in recruiting staff and his general management of resources. Such essentially entrepreneurial qualities, it is argued, were fundamental to the rapid expansion of Bristol physics and for its emergence as a new centre of excellence



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