[comment on “Changing “Lifestyles” without graduates”] Geophysics in developing countries


  • James Orr Robertson


As a water resources engineer/planner in developing countries from 1948 to 1989, I agree with Cinna Lomnitz regarding the effects of the brain drain (Eos, Aug. 6, 1991, p. 339).

Let us face reality. Many of those students who decide to return and are fortunate enough to secure responsible government and consultancy posts spend a lot of their time looking over their shoulders to see who may jump the queue and “bag” their own jobs, especially if they are not well-in with the politicians. So, although they're aware of what needs to be done, by the time they've attended endless meetings, looked after the day-to-day issues and associated paperwork, there's not much time left for “modifying their lifestyles.”