The Science History Institute: From Philadelphia to the World

Joseph Priestley Society
Thursday, September 17, 2020
1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.
Online Event | Eastern Daylight Time (UTC -4)
United States

A new season of the Joseph Priestley Society opens with a talk by the Institute’s new president and CEO, David A. Cole, who will discuss his vision for expanding our national and global reach.

About the Speaker


David Cole headshot

Hagley Museum and Library

David Cole is the president and CEO of the Science History Institute. Before joining the Institute in May 2020, he served as the executive director of the Hagley Museum and Library in Wilmington, Delaware. Prior to his tenure at Hagley, Cole held positions as the vice president for advancement, communications, and public education of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and as the director of strategic initiatives for the Harvard Art Museums of Harvard University.

Cole has been a Henry Luce Foundation Fellow and a research fellow of the Learning Innovations Laboratory of Harvard University. He has taught at Harvard University, Rice University, and the University of Texas, Austin. Cole chairs the boards of the Delaware Council on Economic Education and the Wilmington Children’s Chorus, is a trustee of the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums, and is a member of the Philadelphia Committee on Foreign Relations. A graduate of Vanderbilt University, he received a master’s degree from Harvard University and a PhD in the history of art and American studies from the University of Texas, Austin.

About the Series

The Joseph Priestley Society (JPS) promotes a deeper understanding of science, technology, and industry, with an emphasis on innovation and entrepreneurship. Speakers are leaders from a wide variety of large and small chemical companies and the financial, consulting, and academic communities.

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