Journal of Biosciences

, Volume 28, Issue 5, pp 539–546

J D Bernal (1901–1971) in perspective

  • Alan L. Mackay

DOI: 10.1007/BF02703329

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Mackay, A.L. J Biosci (2003) 28: 539. doi:10.1007/BF02703329


We must conclude that the sub-title of Bernal’s “The Social Function of Science” — “What science does: what science could do” is still the relevant challenge and indicates Bernal’s chief contribution, besides the foundation of molecular biology to our civilization. It is manifest that resources spent on armaments are a monstrous pathological symptom of our social structure. The ancient problem of “what is property” and what may be “owned” and by whom or by what organs of society is awakening.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alan L. Mackay
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  1. 1.School of Crystallography, Birkbeck CollegeUniversity of LondonLondonUK