Lunchtime Lectures

Our virtual Lunchtime Lecture Series features discussions on the history of science, technology, and medicine. We invite historians and speakers from the sciences, arts, and humanities to examine intriguing topics followed by a Q&A.

Lunchtime Lectures take a rigorous and entertaining approach to topics of interest to scholars and anyone curious about the history of science. The talks help expand perceptions of the nature of science and how it’s done.

The Lunchtime Lecture Series is a project of the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center for the History of Chemistry at the Science History Institute. For more information please contact

Recent Lunchtime Lectures

Most of the following lectures have been recorded and are available to view. Click on the titles for more information.

Antonella Sannino
Looking for Hermetic and ‘Angevin’ Manuscripts at the Institute

Ainissa Ramirez
The Alchemy of Us: How Technology Shaped Society

Meagan S. Allen
Roger Bacon, Medieval Alchemy, and the Prolongation of Life

Michelle DiMeo
Lady Ranelagh: The Incomparable Life of Robert Boyle’s Sister

Jeffrey Orens
The Soul of Genius: How the 1911 Solvay Conference Changed the Course of Science