Category Archives: History

Perspectives on Canada’s metric transition

Following earlier discussion on Metric Views, we take a look at the current position on the metric changeover in Canada. Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

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EU in or out: metric either way

In February, the Prime Minister confirmed the date of the referendum which will decide whether the United Kingdom remains in or leaves the European Union (EU). The referendum will take place on 23 June 2016. In this article, Ronnie Cohen … Continue reading

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Notable anniversaries in the last hold-out of irrational measures

The following article appeared in March/April 2016 edition of Metric Today, the newsletter of the US Metric Association (USMA). It is being re-posted with USMA’s permission. Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

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There may be hope for us yet

Metric Views has come across a personal view on the use of the metric system in Germany that may surprise some of our readers. Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

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Modular metric magic

OR A Tale of Over Forty Years of Dimensional Co-ordination in UK Kitchens An article in the recent UKMA newsletter by the Editor on renovating his kitchen has prompted one of our regular contributors, John Frewen-Lord, to relate his own … Continue reading

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An anniversary for the US Metric Conversion Act

The 1975 Metric Conversion Act (MCA) was signed into law by President Gerald Ford on December 23, 1975. To mark the 40th anniversary of this event, Ronnie Cohen looks at the introduction of the Act and its effect on metrication … Continue reading

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The Worboys Committee Report revisited

Ronnie Cohen looks back at the 1963 Worboys Committee report and reviews how well the current version of the TSRGD addresses the main criticisms of the earlier traffic signs system and the Committee’s findings and recommendations. He suggests ways that … Continue reading

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The 1972 White Paper Revisited

This week, Ronnie Cohen takes a look at the long-forgotten 1972 White Paper on Metrication. Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

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Memories of Geoffrey

For the last twelve years of his life Geoffrey Howe was patron of the UK Metric Association.  Robin Paice, who  was Chair of the Association for most of this time, remembers him. Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

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Geoffrey Howe, Lord Howe of Aberavon, 1926 to 2015

The editors of Metric Views note with great regret the death yesterday of Lord Howe. Lord Howe was a Patron of the UK Metric Association from its foundation, and campaigned in Parliament for over a decade for the completion of the UK’s … Continue reading

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