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Science History Institute Announces Aloke Lohia Is 2022 Petrochemical Heritage Award Honoree
January 03, 2022
The Indorama Ventures founder and CEO will be honored March 27, 2022, at AFPM’s International Petrochemical Conference in San Antonio.
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Science History Institute Receives $40K PHMC Grant
December 14, 2021
Prestigious award from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission to provide operational support for our museum.
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Science History Institute Announces Nobel Laureate Frances Arnold Will Present 2022 Ullyot Lecture
December 10, 2021
Annual talk is cosponsored by Penn, USciences, and ACS Philadelphia and Delaware.
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Science History Institute Mourns Loss of Scientific Instrument Expert Paolo Brenni
December 07, 2021
The science historian was a member of the Institute’s Collections Committee.
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Science History Institute and Pittsburgh Conference to Present Pittcon Heritage Award to Fasha Mahjoor
November 04, 2021
Noted architect and Phenomenex founder to be recognized at 2022 conference in Atlanta.
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Science History Institute Mourns Loss of Pioneering Biotech Attorney Alan Mendelson
October 11, 2021
The longtime member of the Institute’s Board of Overseers passed away October 8, 2021, at the age of 73.
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Institute Awarded Turning Points in History Grant from Villanova’s Lepage Center
October 08, 2021
Funds will support the museum’s ‘Knowing Water: A Digital Exploration of History, Science, and Environmental Justice along the Delaware River’ project.
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Institute Receives NEH SHARP Grant for ‘White Coats, Black Lives’ Project
October 06, 2021
$359K+ award will support the exploration of the historical roots and persistent legacies of racism in American science and medicine.
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Science History Institute Mounts New Outdoor Exhibition
September 28, 2021
An extension of the Institute’s ‘Downstream’ exhibition, ‘Water Pics’ showcases a series of anti-pollution posters created in the 1950s by the Pennsylvania Sanitary Water Board.
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Science History Institute Mourns Loss of Biotech Giant Frederick Frank
September 21, 2021
The longtime member of the Institute’s Board of Overseers passed away September 11, 2021, at the age of 89.
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Take a Watery Journey through History and Science with Institute’s New ‘Downstream’ Exhibition Opening September 14
July 27, 2021
Exhibition will explore more than 200 years of water analysis and protection.
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10K Records Published to Institute’s Digital Collections
July 13, 2021
Postcard dated January 6, 1913, from chemist Walther Nernst to Jewish German scientist Georg Bredig is 10,000th record.
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ExxonMobil’s Carla Pereira to Receive 18th Annual SCI Gordon E. Moore Medal
June 22, 2021
Technology leader to be honored by the Society of Chemical Industry and the Science History Institute during Innovation Day on September 14 in Philadelphia.
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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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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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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 Jewish German scientist’s rise to prominence and the Bredig family’s struggle to survive the Holocaust.

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