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Title:The Namibia Scientific Society 90 Years (1925-2015)
Author:Otto, Antje
Year:2015
Periodical:Journal - Namibia Scientific Society (ISSN 1018-7677)
Volume:63
Pages:9-89
Language:English
Geographic term:Namibia
Subjects:research centres
museums
libraries
Abstract:The Namibia Scientific Society was established in 1925 to provide a forum for scientific research and exchange in a country where no such institution existed at the time. The founders and members of the Society included representatives from various language groups and professions. This privately funded and managed Society soon became hopelessly overburdened, as the Administration for South West Africa simply left all matters of a scientific nature, including the management of the scientific library and the museum, to the Society. Only limited funding was made available for this monumental task, and in 1957 the Administration insisted that the museum - at the time the focal point of the Society's activities - revert to the State, with the library almost going the same way. The Scientific Society's achievements during especially the early years of its existence cannot be overestimated. Had it not been for the Scientific Society, much of the country's heritage would have been lost. The intention of this article is to give recognition to individuals who gave all they had for the sake of science, research and the prevention of the country's heritage and environment within the Scientific Society. Bibliogr., sum. in English and German. [Journal abstract]
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