Scholarship: Better to Be British?

ANOTHER ONE DOWN THE BRAIN DRAIN, screamed a headline in London's Evening News. Within four days, 16 leading scientists suddenly announced they were leaving Britain for the U.S., thus joining an alarming flight of key talent, which last year cost Britain 17% of its new crop of scientific Ph.D.s. Of these, about half settled in the U.S.

Although higher salaries (up to four times as much) are part of the inducement for emigration, the underlying reason is that Britain today does not give its scientists the prestige, the independence, or the research facilities offered by the U.S. And right now,...

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