Robert G. W. Anderson Named President of Chemical Heritage Foundation

Robert Anderson, former Director of the British Museum, has been selected as the President and CEO of Chemical Heritage Foundation.

Robert Anderson, former Director of the British Museum has been selected as the President and CEO of Chemical Heritage Foundation. He has been interim President since July 28, 2016, stepping into the role from his position as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors. “The process of searching for a new president and CEO took us far afield but in the end we found the perfect person close to home: Robert Anderson, former Director of the British Museum, longtime board member, and internationally recognized historian of science, has agreed to share his knowledge and expertise to lead the organization into the future. We are so fortunate to have Robert step into this role,” said Laurie Landeau, Chair of the Board of Directors. Anderson assumes his new role effective immediately.

Anderson has wide-ranging interests in the history of chemistry, including the history of scientific instrumentation, the work of Joseph Black and Joseph Priestley, the history of museums, and the involvement of the working class in material culture. He has been Director of the British Museum, London, where he presided over the creation of the £110 million Great Court; Keeper of Chemistry at the Science Museum, London; and Director of the National Museums of Scotland in Edinburgh. Anderson is a recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Dexter Award of the American Chemical Society and the Paul Bunge Prize which he was awarded in 2016 for a lifetime of "outstanding achievement in writing about and promoting the understanding of historic scientific instruments.”

About Robert G. W. Anderson

Robert G. W. Anderson graduated from St John’s College, University of Oxford, and has held posts at the Royal Scottish Museum, the Science Museum, London, and the National Museums of Scotland, Edinburgh. He later became director of the British Museum, London. He has held visiting academic posts at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University, and at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities at the University of Cambridge (2002–2003). He is an emeritus fellow of Clare Hall, Cambridge, and has served as vice chair of the Chemical Heritage Foundation’s Board of Directors since 2012.

About the Chemical Heritage Foundation

The Chemical Heritage Foundation fosters dialogue on science and technology in society. Our staff and fellows study the past in order to understand the present and inform the future. We focus on matter and materials and their effects on our modern world in territory ranging from the physical sciences and industries, through the chemical sciences and engineering, to the life sciences and technologies. We collect, preserve, and exhibit historical artifacts; engage communities of scientists and engineers; and tell the stories of the people behind breakthroughs and innovations.


January 11, 2017