When John Desmond Bernal died on September 15, 1971, the peoples of the world lost a great communist scientist, whose enormous gifts had been applied unreservedly on their behalf throughout his whole adult life. He was, in a way, a modern Francis Bacon. But while Bacon analysed science at the service of youthful capitalism, Bernal saw it as the tool of socialist man.
Recommended CitationLegge, Jack, J.D. Bernal, Australian Left Review, 1(35), 1972, 31-33.