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Robert W. Gore demonstrating the expansion of ePTFE, ca. 1982.
Science History Institute Mourns Loss of Bob Gore
September 22, 2020
The award-winning scientist and engineer, best known as the inventor of GORE-TEX, was a longtime member of the Institute’s board of overseers.
Oil painting of an alchemist in his workshop in the 1600s
Atlas Obscura: 6 Fascinating Medical Marvels in Pennsylvania
September 09, 2020
The online travel magazine includes the Institute on its list of places to experience the trials, errors, and triumphs of medical history.
The Instrumental Chemist video title image
‘The Instrumental Chemist: The Incredible Curiosity of Arnold O. Beckman’ Released Nationwide on Video on Demand
August 04, 2020
The documentary spotlights the scientific instrument inventor’s life and legacy.
Science History Institute Receives COVID-19 Arts Aid PHL Grant
June 19, 2020
Emergency 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, 2020
Mary Jo Nye and Alan Rocke will be honored jointly at a ceremony in Paris in November 2021.
Michael Somogyi and Unidentified Women in Laboratory
BBC: The People Solving Mysteries during Lockdown
June 16, 2020
The Institute’s crowdsourcing campaign to help identify female lab workers is included in this article about finding missing people.
Peter Lederman headshot
Science History Institute Mourns Loss of Board Member Peter Lederman
June 12, 2020
A longtime member of the Institute’s board of directors, the award-winning chemical engineer passed away June 9, 2020, at the age of 88.
Letter from Percy Julian to ACS president 1956
A Message from the Science History Institute about Black Lives Matter
June 08, 2020
We 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.
Michael Somogyi and Unidentified Women in Laboratory
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Readers Rapidly Identify Renowned Scientist
May 22, 2020
A crowdsourcing campaign on social media results in identification of a previously unnamed female scientist in photo from 1940s.
David Cole headshot
David Allen Cole Named President and CEO of the Science History Institute
May 18, 2020
The 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.”
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Anonymous Too Long—STL Women Shorted on Credit for Scientific Work
May 15, 2020
The Institute’s social media editor interviewed about campaign to identify unnamed women scientists in photo.
Exterior of Science History Institute building
A Message from the Science History Institute about COVID-19
March 16, 2020
As of March 16, 2020, our building is closed and all public events have been moved online, postponed, or canceled until further notice.
Cuban postage stamp commemorating Pierre and Marie Curie’s discovery of radium
Philadelphia Inquirer: In Museums—Suffrage, Scandal, Sloths, and Rebellion
February 10, 2020
The Institute’s Valentine’s Day-themed event is featured in the Inquirer’s “Spring Arts Preview.”
Science History Institute Museum
Condé Nast Traveler: 15 Best Museums in Philadelphia
January 23, 2020
The Science History Institute is featured on the travel magazine’s list of Philly’s top museums for the second year in a row.
Museum display of alchemical objects
CBS3: Science History Institute Blends History of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Life Sciences
January 08, 2020
Institute’s museum featured on local Philadelphia station during its 5:00 p.m. newscast.
Scrolling on cell phone
The Hill: R&D, Not Greenland, Can Solve Our Rare Earth Problem
September 18, 2019
Institute 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, 2019
The 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, 2019
OprahMag.com features Distilllations in its roundup of favorite history podcasts.
IUPAC Paris 2019 meeting logo
ChemistryViews: IUPAC 2019 in Paris
July 24, 2019
A 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.
Science History Institute Museum
VacationIdea.com: 25 Best Free Things to Do in Philadelphia
July 19, 2019
The Science History Institute is featured at No. 2 on the online travel and lifestyle magazine’s list of Philly’s top free attractions.

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