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Heritage Day Awards
January 21, 2022

Metabolic Engineer Jay Keasling to Receive Science History Institute’s Prestigious Othmer Gold Medal

Noted synthetic biotechnology pioneer to be recognized as part of Institute’s annual Heritage Day celebration on May 11, 2022.

January 21, 2022

Science History Institute Names SK Capital’s Barry Siadat 2022 Bolte Award Winner

Noted academic and entrepreneur to be recognized as part of the Institute’s annual Heritage Day celebration on May 11, 2022.

January 19, 2022

Chemistry International: Downstream

Research curator Jesse Smith takes readers of IUPAC’s digital news magazine on a watery journey of history and science with Institute’s latest exhibition.

January 3, 2022

Science History Institute Announces Aloke Lohia Is 2022 Petrochemical Heritage Award Honoree

The Indorama Ventures founder and CEO will be honored March 27, 2022, at AFPM’s International Petrochemical Conference in San Antonio.

December 10, 2021

Science History Institute Announces Nobel Laureate Frances Arnold Will Present 2022 Ullyot Lecture

Annual talk is cosponsored by Penn, USciences, and ACS Philadelphia and Delaware.

December 7, 2021

Science History Institute Mourns Loss of Scientific Instrument Expert Paolo Brenni

The science historian was a member of the Institute’s Collections Committee.

Engraving of the alchemical universe 1618
November 15, 2021

Atlas Obscura: How Scholars Cracked a Medieval Alchemist’s Secret Code

Online magazine features Institute fellows Megan Piorko and Sarah Lang, who helped decode a puzzling Latin cipher.

October 18, 2021

HISTORY This Week: The Sky Is Falling

History Channel podcast features Institute’s oral history interview with Nobel laureate and ozone savior Mario Molina.

October 14, 2021

The Conversation: Deciphering the Philosophers’ Stone

Institute fellows Megan Piorko and Sarah Lang help crack a 400-year-old alchemical cipher.

October 11, 2021

Science History Institute Mourns Loss of Pioneering Biotech Attorney Alan Mendelson

The longtime member of the Institute’s Board of Overseers passed away October 8, 2021, at the age of 73.

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September 27, 2021

Institute’s ‘Downstream’ Exhibition Featured in Multiple Media Outlets

Coverage of our new water analysis and protection exhibition includes WHYY, the ‘Philadelphia Inquirer,’ and others.

September 21, 2021

Science History Institute Mourns Loss of Biotech Giant Frederick Frank

The longtime member of the Institute’s Board of Overseers passed away September 11, 2021, at the age of 89.

September 20, 2021

The Philadelphia Inquirer: Must-See Museum Exhibits in Philly This Fall

At the Science History Institute, ‘Downstream’ explores 200 years of water analysis, protection, and regulation.

September 13, 2021

WHYY: Exhibition Traces a 200-Year History of Water Pollution in Philadelphia

Local public media outlet features Institute’s new ‘Downstream’ exhibition.

August 6, 2021

Philly Materials Day Online: Experiments for Home

Institute’s ‘Science at Home: The Magic of Alchemy’ video is featured on the annual-event-turned-digital-experience website.

July 28, 2021

C&EN: Rare Earths’ Magic Comes at a Cost

American Chemical Society publication features ‘Distillations’ podcast on rare earth elements as part of its ‘Stereo Chemistry’ series.

June 22, 2021

ExxonMobil’s Carla Pereira to Receive 18th Annual SCI Gordon E. Moore Medal

Technology leader to be honored by the Society of Chemical Industry and the Science History Institute during Innovation Day on September 14 in Philadelphia.

May 19, 2021

Chemistry World: Ida Noddack and the Trouble with Element 43

Royal Society of Chemistry’s magazine talks to the Institute’s Brigitte van Tiggelen about the little-known German chemist.