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Science History Institute Mourns Loss of Pioneering Biotech Attorney Alan Mendelson
October 11, 2021The longtime member of the Institute’s Board of Overseers passed away October 8, 2021, at the age of 73.
Institute Awarded Turning Points in History Grant from Villanova’s Lepage Center
October 08, 2021Funds will support the museum’s ‘Knowing Water: A Digital Exploration of History, Science, and Environmental Justice along the Delaware River’ project.
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.
Science History Institute Mounts New Outdoor Exhibition
September 28, 2021An 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.
Science History Institute Mourns Loss of Biotech Giant Frederick Frank
September 21, 2021The longtime member of the Institute’s Board of Overseers passed away September 11, 2021, at the age of 89.
Take a Watery Journey through History and Science with Institute’s New ‘Downstream’ Exhibition Opening September 14
July 27, 2021Exhibition will explore more than 200 years of water analysis and protection.
10K Records Published to Institute’s Digital Collections
July 13, 2021Postcard dated January 6, 1913, from chemist Walther Nernst to German Jewish scientist Georg Bredig is 10,000th record.
ExxonMobil’s Carla Pereira to Receive 18th Annual SCI Gordon E. Moore Medal
June 22, 2021Technology leader to be honored by the Society of Chemical Industry and the Science History Institute during Innovation Day on September 14 in Philadelphia.
New Biography by Institute’s Library Director Unveils Life and Legacy of Unknown Woman Scientist
June 18, 2021Michelle DiMeo’s ‘Lady Ranelagh: The Incomparable Life of Robert Boyle’s Sister’ tells the compelling story of a forgotten 17th-century thinker.
Science History Institute’s Museum to Reopen July 1
June 15, 2021Visitors are invited back to historic Old City Philadelphia to explore the broad history of science.
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.
Science History Institute Debuts ‘Mechanochemistry: The Science of Crush’ Digital Exhibition
May 26, 2021Visitors can explore how this ancient technique of transforming materials is still central to our lives today.
Institute President David Cole Delivers Talk on History of Inventions at Imagine Solutions Conference
April 08, 2021Watch Cole’s presentation from the 2021 virtual thought-leader forum.
Cynthia Cai Joins Institute’s Board of Directors
April 01, 2021The Tharton Consulting founder and president also serves on the boards of several therapeutic companies.
Science History Institute Receives CLIR Grant to Digitize Papers of Georg and Max Bredig
March 31, 2021Collection 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.
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.
Institute President David Cole to Speak at Imagine Solutions Conference 2021
February 08, 2021This virtual thought-leader forum brings together world-class visionaries to share ideas on today’s most relevant issues.
Science History Institute Receives $40K PHMC Grant
January 13, 2021Prestigious award from the Pennsylvania Historical Museum Commission to provide operational support for our museum.
Science History Institute Receives NEH/AHRC Grant
January 06, 2021The New Directions for Digital Scholarship in Cultural Institutions award—given jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council—will fund a research project on Isaac Newton's alchemical manuscripts.
Science History Institute Debuts New Outdoor Exhibition
October 22, 2020‘Between Us and Catastrophe’ showcases portraits of the pandemic’s essential workers.