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Science History Institute Mourns Loss of Bob Gore
September 22, 2020The award-winning scientist and engineer, best known as the inventor of GORE-TEX, was a longtime member of the Institute’s board of overseers.
Atlas Obscura: 6 Fascinating Medical Marvels in Pennsylvania
September 09, 2020The online travel magazine includes the Institute on its list of places to experience the trials, errors, and triumphs of medical history.
‘The Instrumental Chemist: The Incredible Curiosity of Arnold O. Beckman’ Released Nationwide on Video on Demand
August 04, 2020The documentary spotlights the scientific instrument inventor’s life and legacy.
Science History Institute Receives COVID-19 Arts Aid PHL Grant
June 19, 2020Emergency relief fund helps cultural organizations whose operations have been affected by the pandemic.
Science History Institute and Fondation de la Maison de la Chimie Announce Winners of 2020 Franklin-Lavoisier Prize
June 18, 2020Mary Jo Nye and Alan Rocke will be honored jointly at a ceremony in Paris in November 2021.
BBC: The People Solving Mysteries during Lockdown
June 16, 2020The Institute’s crowdsourcing campaign to help identify female lab workers is included in this article about finding missing people.
Science History Institute Mourns Loss of Board Member Peter Lederman
June 12, 2020A longtime member of the Institute’s board of directors, the award-winning chemical engineer passed away June 9, 2020, at the age of 88.
A Message from the Science History Institute about Black Lives Matter
June 08, 2020We join in this important conversation by sharing the stories of scientists who succeeded despite the systemic inequities that created a more difficult path to their success.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Readers Rapidly Identify Renowned Scientist
May 22, 2020A crowdsourcing campaign on social media results in identification of a previously unnamed female scientist in photo from 1940s.
David Allen Cole Named President and CEO of the Science History Institute
May 18, 2020The former executive director of the Hagley Museum and Library is “thrilled to be stepping into a leadership role at an institution with a reputation for excellence.”
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Anonymous Too Long—STL Women Shorted on Credit for Scientific Work
May 15, 2020The Institute’s social media editor interviewed about campaign to identify unnamed women scientists in photo.
A Message from the Science History Institute about COVID-19
March 16, 2020As of March 16, 2020, our building is closed and all public events have been moved online, postponed, or canceled until further notice.
Philadelphia Inquirer: In Museums—Suffrage, Scandal, Sloths, and Rebellion
February 10, 2020The Institute’s Valentine’s Day-themed event is featured in the Inquirer’s “Spring Arts Preview.”
Condé Nast Traveler: 15 Best Museums in Philadelphia
January 23, 2020The Science History Institute is featured on the travel magazine’s list of Philly’s top museums for the second year in a row.
CBS3: Science History Institute Blends History of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Life Sciences
January 08, 2020Institute’s museum featured on local Philadelphia station during its 5:00 p.m. newscast.
The Hill: R&D, Not Greenland, Can Solve Our Rare Earth Problem
September 18, 2019Institute fellow Roger Turner and Dr. Julie Klinger offer a long-term solution to our growing need for rare earth elements in this opinion piece.
New York Times: Is It Time to Upend the Periodic Table?
August 27, 2019The Institute’s Brigitte Van Tiggelen is quoted in this article on Mendeleev’s chart and the variations proposed in the 150 years since.
The Oprah Magazine: 20 Best History Podcasts That’ll Make You Rethink What You Learned in School
August 22, 2019OprahMag.com features Distilllations in its roundup of favorite history podcasts.
ChemistryViews: IUPAC 2019 in Paris
July 24, 2019A presentation by Science History Institute President Robert Anderson is featured in this recap of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry’s annual meeting.
VacationIdea.com: 25 Best Free Things to Do in Philadelphia
July 19, 2019The Science History Institute is featured at No. 2 on the online travel and lifestyle magazine’s list of Philly’s top free attractions.