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New Biography by Institute’s Library Director Unveils Life and Legacy of Unknown Woman Scientist
June 18, 2021
Michelle DiMeo’s ‘Lady Ranelagh: The Incomparable Life of Robert Boyle’s Sister’ tells the compelling story of a forgotten 17th-century thinker.
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Science History Institute’s Museum to Reopen July 1
June 15, 2021
Visitors are invited back to historic Old City Philadelphia to explore the broad history of science.
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Institute Receives National Archives Grant to Digitize Oral Histories of Immigrant Scientists
June 08, 2021
$130K+ award is part of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission’s efforts to improve public access to historical records.
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Science History Institute Debuts ‘Mechanochemistry: The Science of Crush’ Digital Exhibition
May 26, 2021
Visitors can explore how this ancient technique of transforming materials is still central to our lives today.
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Chemistry World: Ida Noddack and the Trouble with Element 43
May 19, 2021
Royal Society of Chemistry’s magazine talks to the Institute’s Birgitte van Tiggelen about the little-known German chemist.
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Nature: An Incomparable Intellectual Who Fell through the Cracks of History
May 12, 2021
Leading science journal reviews book on Lady Ranelagh written by Institute’s library director.
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Welp Magazine: 20 Best Books- and History-Related Podcasts of 2021
May 11, 2021
‘Distillations,’ ‘The Disappearing Spoon’ series featured in online publication’s list of favorite podcasts.
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Inverse: Netflix’s Sci-Fi Epic Reveals a Real-Life Cosmic Danger
April 30, 2021
The Institute’s Lisa Ruth Rand talks space junk in this article about Korean blockbuster ‘Space Sweepers.’
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Institute President David Cole Delivers Talk on History of Inventions at Imagine Solutions Conference
April 08, 2021
Watch Cole’s presentation from the 2021 virtual thought-leader forum.
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Hidden City Philadelphia: A Year in Ruins
April 08, 2021
Kyle Cassidy, the photographer behind our ‘Between Us and Catastrophe’ outdoor exhibition, recounts the struggles of healthcare workers battling the pandemic over the last year.
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Cynthia Cai Joins Institute’s Board of Directors
April 01, 2021
The Tharton Consulting founder and president also serves on the boards of several therapeutic companies.
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Science History Institute Receives CLIR Grant to Digitize Papers of Georg and Max Bredig
March 31, 2021
Collection smuggled out of Nazi Germany tells story of noted German Jewish scientist’s rise to prominence and the Bredig family’s struggle to survive the Holocaust.
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Science History Institute Launches Second Podcast Series
March 30, 2021
‘The Disappearing Spoon’ by best-selling author Sam Kean offers ‘Distillations’ listeners even more science history stories...with a twist.
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News at IU Bloomington: Newton Watermark Project Could Help Date Books More Accurately
February 22, 2021
Institute’s rare book curator is part of Indiana University-led research team using Isaac Newton’s alchemical manuscripts as a test case.
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ABC7 Fort Myers: 19 Visionaries to Discuss Timely Topics at 2021 Imagine Solutions Conference
February 18, 2021
Institute president David Cole gives a preview of his talk on the origins and history of the United States patent system.
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Institute President David Cole to Speak at Imagine Solutions Conference 2021
February 08, 2021
This virtual thought-leader forum brings together world-class visionaries to share ideas on today’s most relevant issues.
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Visit Philadelphia: History, Culture & Cocktails
January 26, 2021
Official Philly visitor website features Institute’s outdoor exhibition ‘Between Us and Catastrophe’ in its #OurTurnToTourist Instagram campaign.
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Gettingsmart.com: 100 Podcasts You Should Check Out
January 26, 2021
‘Distillations’ featured on education news site’s list of favorite podcast series in the STEM & Maker category.
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The Pulse: The Miracle and Menace of Plastic
January 15, 2021
Institute fellow Isabelle Held is featured on this WHYY podcast episode that explores the science behind the dual nature of plastic.
Science History Institute Receives $40K PHMC Grant
January 13, 2021
Prestigious award from the Pennsylvania Historical Museum Commission to provide operational support for our museum.

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