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Funder Rejects RGO Rescue Plan

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Science  19 Dec 1997:
Vol. 278, Issue 5346, pp. 2049
DOI: 10.1126/science.278.5346.2049a

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A business plan drawn up by the staff of the Royal Greenwich Observatory to privatize their institution and thus save it from closure was rejected last week by the RGO's funder, the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council. PPARC said that the plan was too risky and costly, and that it threatened to turn the RGO into an unwelcome competitor for the new Astronomy Technology Centre, which PPARC is setting up in Edinburgh. The decision almost certainly means that the RGO will cease to exist in anything resembling its current form.