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Science and Engineering Research Council
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body (SERC) Formerly the largest of the five research
councils funded by the British Government through the Office
of Science and Technology. SERC funded higher education
research in science and engineering, including computing and
was responsible for the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, near
Oxford; the Daresbury Laboratory, near Warrington; the Royal
Greenwich Observatory at Cambridge and the Royal Observatory,
In April 1994 SERC was split into the Engineering and Physical
Sciences Research Council and the Particle Physics and
Astronomy Research Council. SERC's remote sensing efforts
have been transferred to the Natural Environment RC and its
biotechnology efforts merged with the Agriculture and Food RC
to make the new Biotechnology and Biological Sciences RC. The
two major SERC laboratories - Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
and Daresbury Laboratory are now independent.