Chemistry and Developing Countries

Proceedings of a Conference, London, April 1991

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The International Flow of Scientific Manpower

The problem of the 'brain drain' and its effect on economic development in the Third World are well known; planners can plan but they cannot implement without adequate skilled manpower. The aim of this paper is to point out that a potentially massive shortfall of scientists, technicians and engineers in the USA, caused in part by the 'swing from science', could greatly increase both the magnitude of the 'brain drain' from the Third World and the pressures on their governments to find appropriate solutions.


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