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ALAN S. PARKES

In June 1971, the Society completes 21 years of eventful life and this milestone in its history is an appropriate stage for a review of its aims and achievements.

Origin

The origin of the Society goes back to a small informal gathering in Exeter in 1944. Arthur Walton, a prominent participant, subsequently wrote of this meeting :

'In the Summer of 1944, under the auspices of the Family Planning Association and at the invitation of Dr Margaret Jackson and Mrs Clare Harvey, a small group of scientists interested in seminology met in the bombed city of Exeter. Our interests were widely representative of fundamental science, zoology, physiology, histology, human clinical medicine, agricultural science, veterinary practice and sociology, but we all had a common interest in problems connected with reproductive physiology and the diagnosis, prevention and cure of impaired fertility.'

I was not present, but it was evidently