Cut of fundings to the Italian Research:

Message from Sir Arthur C. Clarke

It is certainly ironic that the Italian government is thinking of reducing science funding in the centennial year of Italy's greatest scientist's most famous achievement - bridging the Atlantic for the first time by radio waves, and so heralding the age of global communications.

The wealth, health and happiness of mankind now depend almost entirely on the proper use of science and its offspring, technology. Any failure to realise this may have disastrous consequences to the country concerned.

Sir Arthur C Clarke

Chancellor, International Space University
Marconi Fellow, 1982

3 November 2001

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