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WHYY Summer Journalists Program Features Science History Institute
August 15, 2022
Student news report takes an in-depth look at how we tell the stories behind the science that shapes our everyday lives.
Beckman Oligo 1000M DNA Synthesizer
Institute, Tsinghua University Partner to Present Online Exhibition
August 12, 2022
‘From Peas to the Human Genome Project’ features instruments from our collections to commemorate 200th birthday of genetics founder Gregor Mendel.
Linus Pauling lecture video still 1957
Historical Video Content Added to Institute’s Digital Collections
July 20, 2022
Digitized 16mm film and VHS tapes include science education series, promotional videos, and a silent recording from the 1920s featuring Marie Curie.
Roy Eddleman
Science History Institute Mourns Death of Philanthropist Roy Eddleman
June 23, 2022
The Spectrum LifeSciences founder, who died at age 82, is being remembered as someone who ‘lived his best life.’
Fellows doing research in the Othmer Library
Science History Institute Welcomes 2022–2023 Beckman Center Fellows
June 21, 2022
Incoming class includes scholars in our new two-year curatorial fellowship program.
Science History Institute and Penn to Serve as New Hosts of History of Science Society
June 17, 2022
The dual collaboration between a public-facing organization and a university is the first of its kind for the society.
Downstream exhibition museum view
Science History Institute’s ‘Downstream’ Exhibition Wins 2022 AASLH Award of Excellence
June 15, 2022
Recognition is part of the prestigious American Association for State and Local History Leadership in History Awards program.
George Vincent at Pittcon 2014
Science History Institute Remembers Former Board Member George Vincent
June 15, 2022
The Hallstar cofounder passed away on May 4, 2022, at the age of 78.
American Aniline Products Dye Sample Box
Science History Institute Launches New Blog
June 09, 2022
Staff and scholars will share stories about our library, archival, and museum collections.
Downstream museum view
Grid: Award-Winning Exhibit Explores Water Analysis and Protection
May 27, 2022
Institute’s ‘Downstream’ exhibition featured in local sustainable lifestyle magazine.
Bernard Bigot ITER
Science History Institute Mourns Loss of Heritage Council Member Bernard Bigot
May 24, 2022
The respected French scientist passed away suddenly on May 14, 2022.
Science History Institute Joins Independent Research Libraries Association
May 04, 2022
IRLA membership places Institute on prestigious list of some of the nation’s oldest and most distinguished historical societies.
PA Museums Award 2022
Institute’s ‘Downstream’ Exhibition Receives PA Museums Award
April 04, 2022
Annual awards program recognizes special achievements of museums and historical organizations across Pennsylvania.
Between Us and Catastrophe exhibition
‘Philadelphia Weekly’ Spotlights Institute’s Oral History Program, ‘Between Us and Catastrophe’ Exhibition
March 21, 2022
Staff members share why recording history is so important, especially during a pandemic.
Dennis Liotta headshot
Emory University’s Dennis Liotta to Receive 2022 SCI Perkin Medal
March 17, 2022
The prestigious award will be presented as part of the Institute’s annual Innovation Day program on September 13.
Ad for colored stockings 1955
Ex Libris Universum: Museum Tour
March 03, 2022
American Institute of Physics’ blog includes the Science History Institute on its list of ‘some of the coolest virtual museums on the internet.’
Babatunde Ogunnaike headshot
Science History Institute Mourns Death of Board Member Babatunde Ogunnaike
February 23, 2022
The Nigerian-born chemical engineer passed away February 20, 2022, at the age of 65.
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Institute’s Digital Collections on List of ‘Hidden Gems’ in Creative Commons Open Culture Remix Art Contest
February 15, 2022
Licensing organization’s #CCSharesCulture competition celebrates better sharing of global cultural heritage.
Illustration of tapping serum from a horse in a pharmacy
Institute’s Digital Exhibition on Vaccines Gets Boost from Google Arts & Culture
January 27, 2022
‘Animals and the Making of Human Vaccines’ is featured in the online platform’s history of vaccination project.
Jay Keasling
Metabolic Engineer Jay Keasling to Receive Science History Institute’s Prestigious Othmer Gold Medal
January 21, 2022
Noted synthetic biotechnology pioneer to be recognized as part of Institute’s annual Heritage Day celebration on May 11, 2022.