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Foolish Belfast council should name road after Bell

BELFAST City Council, in turning down the opportunity of naming a road in Titanic Quarter after John Stewart Bell, is inward-looking and foolish.

While naming roads after most politicians could be divisive, surely the same can't be said for our world-famous exponents of culture, sport and science?

In the year of the 50th anniversary of John Bell's most important work – illuminating the structure of quantum theory – there has been a conference in his honour in Vienna attended by many scientists from all over the world.

It is sad that the city council do not understand that a road in his name would allow them to acknowledge his achievements and that it would be an indication both to local people and to visitors of the kind of Belfast we should all wish to encourage and celebrate.

What could be more appropriate than to honour a famous scientist in an area dedicated to science and technology?

ANDREW WHITAKER

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