Alchemical engraving

Deciphering the Past: Transcription Hour

Tuesday, April 20 | 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. EDT

Our series on deciphering historical documents with the American Philosophical Society continues with a 17th-century letter that shows us how alchemy’s secrets helped create modern science.
Max Bredig's passport 1939

Institute Receives CLIR Grant to Digitize Papers of Georg and Max Bredig

Collection tells the story of the noted German Jewish scientist’s rise to prominence and the Bredig family’s struggle to survive the Holocaust.
Black and white photo of man and woman in a lab

For the Sake of Science

Distillations Article

Otto Hahn and Lise Meitner navigated a life of science through war and peace.
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2021 Heritage Day Awards

Wednesday, May 5 | 2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m. EDT

Join us online for our signature event celebrating exceptional achievements in chemistry, chemical engineering, the life sciences, and allied fields and industries.
Second Skin exhibit

Second Skin: The Science of Stretch


From 1920s corsets and girdles to today’s lymphedema sleeves with a fashionable flair, explore how these second skins changed the way we move through the world.

The Science History Institute collects and shares the stories of the innovators and scientific discoveries that shape our lives. We preserve and interpret the history of chemistry, chemical engineering, and the life sciences.

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